About Us

We are personal historians who create everlasting stories by collaborating with individuals and families to capture memories, photos, art, and other primary source documents. From these personal sources, we create beautifully crafted documentary videos, hardbound books, eBooks, and websites.
This process gives individuals and families the opportunity to create a deeper connection to a loved one’s life story that will last for generations to come. Each personal history book and video is a one-of-a-kind product that requires the attention to detail that our experienced team of professionals can provide.

 Get in touch now to get started on the next chapter of your life story.


Our Team

Kathleen Prati

Kathleen Prati

PHOTO RESTORATION + BOOK DESIGN

Since childhood, Kathleen Prati has been passionate about books. During her college summers, Kathleen worked at Vineyard Press in NYC doing book design and layout for her Great Aunt Lucille E. Ogle, the originator of Golden Books. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame Kathleen continued to pursue her love of books; first, earning her Masters in Library Science, 1979, at the University of Michigan and then a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Communications and Publishing, 1980, at Simmons College. Kathleen has more than 20 years of experience in Adobe desktop publishing software, photography, and photoshop and is presently learning how to create interactive and static eBooks.

Tommie Dell Smith

Tommie Dell Smith

VIDEOGRAPHY + DOCUMENTARY FILMS

Tommie is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and personal historian. Her first film experience was as Associate Producer for Broken Rainbow, a feature length documentary that won the 1984 Academy Award for Best Documentary. She has had a love affair with the power and beauty of filmmaking since. Tommie brings a creative perspective to her oral history videos that capture stories born from a lifetime of experiences and memories. Tommie is presently working on a feature documentary The Groove is Not Trivial about Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser that will premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2016.

Tracy Pfiffner

Tracy Pfiffner

PROJECT MANAGER + EDITOR

Tracy Pfiffner is the Project Manager and Story Editor for Haiku Media Arts. She grew up listening to her father’s stories about his childhood during the 50's in California’s Central Valley—America’s Bread Basket. This led to an interest in social and cultural history as it relates to individuals. An accomplished writer, Tracy brings her professional communications and research experience to the task of bringing your story to life on the written page. She works closely with clients on projects of all sizes to ensure that whether Haiku Media Arts is producing your book, video, or website, your life story is amplified and timeless for generations to come.