Your Story Matters Videography and Personal Documentaries About UsYour Story Matters Videography and Personal Documentaries About Us
Your Story Matters Videography and Personal Documentaries About UsYour Story Matters Videography and Personal Documentaries About Us
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What Clients are saying about       Your Story Matters:

Pediatric Social Worker and Surgeon, OH
…one of the best uses of our wedding budget

Founder and Executive Director
Empowerment through Improvised Movie Making
…a real gift for editing in the camera

Social Worker and IT Manager, MA
…highlighted key characters and chapters in our lives

The people and events that matter most recorded in personal documentaries by
 Carlyn Saltman, award-winning videographer and personal historian
serving New England from western Massachusetts.

Member, Association of Personal Historians

Carlyn 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.

Your Story Matters Videographer - Carlyn Saltman

On location in Burkina Faso, West Africa, 1995

"My 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


carlyn saltman and tom sullivan
Carlyn's tactful assistant is also her life-partner Tom Sullivan

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    Governments                                     --Class Action                                     --Healthy Families                              --Women's Fund of Western          Mass.                                                 
--Conscious Communication Institute 
--Greenfield Center School
--The Rainbow Times News
--Out for Reel!
--Transgender Steering Committee of
Northampton, MA

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 technical standards.


  • 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.

Tel: 413-522-0789

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Tel: 413-522-0789

We're in Turners Falls in the Pioneer Valley -- the heart of western Massachusetts.

Website by and A. Michelle Illustration    Copyright 2003 - 2010  Carlyn Saltman