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Directed by Maureen Taylor with Verissima Productions
Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, has spent ten years uncovering photographs and researching the lives of Revolutionary War era men and women featured in her “Last Muster” books published by Kent State University Press. Now, these images will be the basis of a film revealing the stories behind the photographs and the people, interviews with descendants, and footage revealing how and where these patriots lived. Maureen’s production partner is award-winning Verissima Productions, who specialize in bringing historical subjects to life for today’s audiences.
Maureen Taylor: In 1978, Maureen Taylor fell in love at first sight–with a shiny metal photograph known as a daguerreotype. The people looked real and touchable as if they could step out of the frame into the present. In a moment, all the history she’d studied and the families she researched came together. She knew this was not infatuation, but the real thing. She’s never looked back. As a photo curator, genealogist, and now as a writer and photo identification/preservation expert, the focus of Maureen’s work remains family photography, history and genealogy. Through PhotoDetective.com, she’s dedicated to helping those who share her infatuation with discovering the stories behind images of the past. Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Better Homes & Gardens, the Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, MSNBC, New Morning (Hallmark Channel), Life Magazine, DIY: Scrapbooking, PBS Ancestors, Claritin’s Moment of Clarity, Creative Memories’ Lasting Moments, Dear Myrtle, and Satisfaction Magazine. Maureen is the author of a number of books and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine.
Verissima Productions: For over ten years Verissima has been documenting significant historical events, promoting the goals of organizations and companies, and preserving the stories of individuals, beloved places, families and family businesses…creating a correspondence with the future. Rob Cooper, Creative Director, has thirty years experience as a writer / producer / videographer / editor – for PBS and major market television stations, historical documentaries, and corporate communications. He has developed the production skills and professional resources to ensure that your story will be told with elegance. Pam Pacelli Cooper, President, has thirty years experience as a family therapist and oral historian. Growing up with elders born between 1869 and 1925, she learned the power of stories to teach, sustain, and inform the future. Her life and work experience have combined to make her an avid researcher and highly skilled interviewer and storyteller.