The above sampler includes brief excerpts from some of the hundreds of interviews Ellie Kahn has conducted over the past 26 years. Each interview was commissioned by the individual's family, in order to save their precious stories and memories for future generations.
Marcia Goodfriend turned 80 on August 30. 1998. This video shows excerpts from her life story, incorporating her family's incredible home movies from 1920, with a narration by her then 7 year old grandson (now 30 years old). All music is public domain, except for "If you Believe" courtesy of Jim Brickman. (Permission documents available upon request.)
In 2017 Ellie Kahn began a written oral history project with Brooklyn resident and sculptor, Varda Yoran. The completed book contains Varda's memories and stories of her life and family, and her career as a sculptor.
In 2018, Ellie videotaped Varda as she showed and described each sculpture. This finished video is a celebration of her artwork, and the inspirations for each of her moving and unique sculptures.
In 1990, Ellie Kahn was hired to create The Boyle Heights Oral History Project for the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California. The project goal was to preserve the history of the Jewish community that existed in East Los Angeles during the 1920s, '30s and '40s. Ellie first trained a team of volunteers to conduct interviews with over 150 former residents. She then interviewed over 40 people for her award-winning film, "Meet Me at Brooklyn & Soto." The above video includes excerpts from that 1996 film, which aired numerous times on PBS/KCET, once as part of a Huell Howser special.
Ellie was hired by Paramount Pictures to interview two people who had been with the studio for many decades. One was Cecilia Presley, the granddaughter of Cecil B. DeMille, and the other was producer, A.C. Lyles. The above video includes excerpts from Ellie's 2013 film, "Paramount, through the Memories & Stories of A.C. Lyles." (The one hour film is sold at the Paramount store, and includes the full list of credits.)
When Marcia Berman, a beloved composer and singer of children's music, was being honored, Ellie was asked to produce a tribute to her. The entire video is shown above.
In 2002, when the Autry Museum of Western Heritage held an exhibit, "Jewish Life in the American West," Ellie was hired to produce this short film about the Breed Street Shul.
When the San Fernando Valley Bar Association was celebrating their 75th Anniversary, they hired Ellie to produce this video, shown at their gala event.