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Reel Tributes Documentaries of a lifetime

About Us

Our story

Reel Tributes was founded in Philadelphia, PA in 2010 by David Adelman. The company got its start shortly after David’s grandmother Eunice passed away. Seeking a way to commemorate her story, he and his mother produced a video chronicling the family’s rich heritage from 19th-century Russia to modern-day San Francisco. The film featured photographs and anecdotes that his grandmother would want to be remembered by.

When David’s family came together to watch the finished film, the response was powerful. Seeing the emotional impact of the film, he founded Reel Tributes to give other families the opportunity to honor the lives of their loved ones.

We at Reel Tributes are as passionate about film as you are about the stories you want to commemorate. We look forward to helping you transform your stories into a timeless tribute. 

Meet our management team

David Adelman

David Adelman, Founder and CEO
David is a graduate of Harvard University, cum laude. He earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar and a McGowan Fellow. Prior to founding Reel Tributes, David was a private equity investor and a strategic consultant. In his free time, David enjoys traveling and watching historical documentary films.

Caleb Green

Caleb Green, Chief Videographer and Editor
Caleb graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he directed plays for numerous theatrical companies. He has years of experience in film as a writer,  producer, director, videographer, and editor. In addition to working on clients’ projects, Caleb is a creative filmmaker. Two of his short films were honored with Remi Awards at the 2010 Worldfest-Houston Film Festival.

Lin Joyce

Lin Joyce, Head Interviewer
Lin is a professional personal historian. With an attentive and engaging interview style, Lin has years of experience conducting oral histories. Lin was a Certified Nursing Assistant caring for hospice and geriatric patients, and founded the Life Story Program at Capital Caring (formerly Capital Hospice). Lin serves as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator for the Association of Personal Historians. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, ethnic cooking and playing with her two Asian Leopard cats.

Rebecca Whitman Koford

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG℠, Director of Genealogy
Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from the University of Redlands. She has been interested in genealogy ever since she could read, poring over her parents’ old handwritten documents. She taught Beginning and Advanced Genealogy courses for Howard Community College before her move in 2010 and still and lectures on a variety of topics at museums, conferences, and historical societies in Maryland and surrounding states. She is a member of the National Genealogical Society, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, NY Genealogical & Biographical Society, and former Treasurer of the National Capital Area Chapter for the Association of Professional Genealogists. Rebecca is a Certified Genealogist℠ through the Board for Certification of Genealogists®.

Robert Lodge

Robert Lodge, Videographer and Editor
Robert graduated summa cum laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He holds an extensive background in the fields of film and television. A love for the art formed back in 2007 when he was asked to crew on an indie feature film. Since then, Robert has worked on a number of short films, documentaries, music videos, television shows and commercials. When he’s not making films, Robert enjoys spending quality time with his close friends and family.

Reel Tributes is a member of the Association of Personal Historians, the National Genealogical Society, and the Family Firm Institute.

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