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The Legacy Life Project

by Chip Colandreo

Featured Photo from The Legacy Life Project

When his father passed away this year, Jim Hobart was left with a lingering pang of regret. Jim – a world-class photographer and videographer by trade (and a storyteller at heart) – always intended to capture his father’s story. Make a mini-documentary, of sorts, to preserve his legacy and create a priceless memento for his family.

But Jim was always too busy, or the timing was never right... all the reasons well-meaning people put off the important things in their lives. Jim kept beating himself up over his neglect, until he finally realized something profound. He’d never followed-through with his idea because, quite frankly, he wasn’t the right man for the job.

Not because of Jim’s skill behind the lens – there are few better. Instead, Jim realized it’s incredibly (and ironically) difficult to gather and tell the life stories of the people we love for reasons both emotional and practical.

“We talk to our friends and even strangers very differently than we talk to members of our own family, and that’s why I came up with the idea for The Legacy Life Project,” says Jim. “As impartial interviewers, we can go in and gather the life stories of your parents or grandparents or military veterans and create a compelling biography. Every single time we’ve done this, we’ve uncovered amazing details of a person’s life that their very own families didn’t know.”

Jim and his team at Macbeth Studio are now on a mission to capture these incredible stories and create professionally edited, hour-long documentaries that will cement a loved one’s legacy for generations to come. Interviews are conducted at home or wherever a subject is most comfortable, and Jim approaches them all with compassion and genuine curiosity.

“Everyone has an amazing story to tell,” says Jim. “You don’t have to be a Nobel Prize winner or an astronaut. We just have to be curious enough to ask the right questions. We’re making these videos for children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who haven’t been born yet, and that’s a wonderful feeling.”

Jim takes special delight in telling the stories of military veterans, and for every 10 Legacy Life Projects ordered, Jim will produce another for a veteran free of charge.

“This is something so many families want to do, and I finally understand why it so rarely gets done,” says Jim. “We can help. This is very special for us.”

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