Windham, NH, USA


The Legacy of Joseph Gifford (2014, 56 min)


June 19, 2019

In 2014, I was approached by a dear friend, Judy Gerratt, who wanted to find a way to demonstrate her unique style of teaching strings on film. As a classical professional violinst, teacher, and performer, Judy developed a fascinating approach to team teaching strings...

June 18, 2019

                         Davida Rosenblum and Jill Uchiyama, Salem, MA  March, 2019)

My good friend Davida Rosenblum and I presented our short film, "Remembering Ralph," at Explorers, a program for Senior...

March 25, 2019

                                       (From The Legacy of Joseph Gifford, 2014)

In Greek, τὸ τέλος τῆς ψυχῆς (to telos tēs psychēs) translates as Soul’s Journey. Telos refers...

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Windham, NH, USA



"Remembering Ralph" (2018)

The film that resulted from the expertise, taste and imagination of Jill Uchiyama of Legacy Films is beyond my expectations. When the original plan to film my course on film-editing became moot, she came up with the idea--and the title: Remembering Ralph--for a more personal film honoring Ralph Rosenblum, my late husband, an eminent New York film editor. As director, she was able to elicit personal anecdotes and comments, as well as the non-technical descriptions of the films he edited, coming up with illustrations of his work that exactly helped explain a little-known aspect of film making, making a far warmer portrait of Ralph than I had originally planned. Her film-making sensibility, her intelligence and her personal warmth made the experience of making the film as well as the ultimate film itself, a great joy. She welcomed my suggestions and came up with her own ideas for capturing Ralph's and, to some extent, my story in an enchanting short film. I could not be happier with both its making and the result of her efforts.


—  Davida Rosenblum, Ph.D


"Jill Uchiyama's beautiful film The Legacy of Joseph Gifford is an indispensable testimonial to a great teacher of our century. Generations of artists, dancers, actors, singers, instrumentalists and conductors have had their lives changed profoundly through knowing Joe. I will always consider him a great mentor on my life's journey. How marvelous to have this living document of Joe's incomparable depth, compassion, humanity and good humor."

Scott Speck
Artistic Director, Chicago Philharmonic
Music Director, Joffrey Ballet, Mobile Symphony, West Michigan Symphony,

Author, Classical Music for Dummies and Opera for Dummies.