In 2010 Heather Maio-Smith was creating an exhibit on intergenerational testimony with Holocaust survivors. As she talked to Rose Schindler, she realized that her unborn grandchildren would never have the chance to talk with them personally as she was doing ‘I wanted to be able to sit across from her and have a real conversation!’
After creating a 3D prototype, she brought the project to USC Shoah Foundation and USC Institute of Creative Technologies and formed a partnership to secure in-depth interviews interactively.
Heather had always intended that once the survivors were filmed, that anyone should be able to tell their story and save it for future generations. And so in 2017, along with Co-Founders Stephen D. Smith, Sam Gustman and Ceci Chan StoryFile were created as an automatic, cloud-based platform that would bring the power of conversational video into everyone’s hands.