has a Master's degree in Documentary Filmmaking
from the highly selective National Film and Television
School in London, England, and a B.A. in history
from Mount Holyoke College. While on staff
at Johns Hopkins University's School of
Public Health, she produced videos with
health messages for African audiences in
collaboration with local specialists.
Over the years since she filmed
her first cultural documentaries in Africa
in 1982, Carlyn has refined the art and
skills required for working closely with
video technology, language, and that place
in the heart where memories, feelings, and
personal values intersect. In addition to
other honors, two of her films are included
in the Smithsonian Institution's collection.
On location in Burkina
Faso, West Africa, 1995
greatest satisfaction comes from joining
clients on their journey to greater awareness
of what is most important to them about
their family history and their own relationship
to it. I've seen surprising changes happen
through personal documentaries I have made." — Carlyn Saltman
assistant is also her life-partner Tom
Carlyn confers closely with each client
to clarify the stories and values they want to express
through their personal history projects.
Her training as a psychosynthesis counselor, hospice
volunteer, and as a member of the Association of Personal
Historians, gives her a skill set that allows her
to effectively support and guide people through the
challenges that may emerge in life story work. In
circumstances where there is a strong mix of emotions,
she manages to perceive the complexity and capture
such moments gracefully while offering support to
the people concerned.
Carlyn also brings to the screen
the vision of clients from non-profit and educational
institutions such as
--Mt. Holyoke College, many depts.
--Franklin Regional Council of
--Women's Fund of Western
--Conscious Communication Institute
--Greenfield Center School
--The Rainbow Times News
--Out for Reel!
--Transgender Steering Committee of
Carlyn's style is marked by an unobtrusive
photojournalistic approach that brings together
the cinematic storytelling of an artful eye, an
open heart, and a curious mind with state-of-the-art
- Outstanding Social Documentary
New England Film and Video Festival
- Awards for Excellence, two-time recipient
Society for Visual Anthropology
- National Endowment for the Arts & Humanities
Fellowship, two-time recipient
Please select Memoir
Videos for more information on Carlyn Saltman.
References and a list of organizational clients
are available on request.
Every project that Your Story
Matters takes on is as unique as the story
it tells or the event it captures. For this
reason, I design every story project to
suit your tastes and priorities.
Please call me for a free
initial phone consultation and estimate.