Why video biographies?
Take care of all your memories, for you cannot relive them.
Born and raised in Toronto, Suzy Tanzer studied Photography, Film and Video at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and OCADU, Toronto. She has worked in Toronto’s film industry; written, produced, directed and edited short films and videos; and created commissioned Judaic textiles for individuals and synagogues in North America and Europe. Check out the Portfolio page to see earlier work.
After nearly a decade in the teaching profession in Toronto, Suzy has returned to her first love, multi-media production, to help families document their life stories, important milestones and memories.
The idea for producing video biographies grew out of a project to create a tribute to a family member whose life was cut short. Through interviews with his family and friends, it became clear that the legacy he left behind was the memories they had of him and the stories they loved to share.
Every life is a fascinating tapestry of stories. Wouldn’t it be great if we could see and hear our great- great-grandparents telling us firsthand about their lives? Well, today we can preserve our stories so that they can be seen by future generations. We can celebrate the lives of our loved ones while they are still with us, and preserve their unique history, whether narrated by them or related by others. When stored properly in “solid state” on a USB or in the “cloud”, your video biography will survive for hundreds of years, and will be viewable even as the technology changes.