Living Stories is an Emmy-award-winning production company specializing in public television, marketing, fund-raising, community relations, and employee motivation for non-profit and corporate clients. We strive to curate artful interviews, beautiful cinematography, and carefully selected historic and archival images in ways that tell inspiring, evocative, and human stories.
We see filmmaking as a relational medium.
When you experience our work, you don’t just learn about people: you meet them.

What people want is answers.
What people need is each other.

We believe story-telling can change the world.

Video & Filmmaking

From 60-second web videos to full-length documentaries, we unite heart and mind to tell your story in the most beautiful and compelling way.


We’ve composed speeches and presentations for Fortune 100 executives, world-changing philanthropists, and a U. S. President.

Live Events

Whether you are hosting a world-class speaker or holding a milestone event, we’re prepared to stage, broadcast, podcast, live-stream, record, and archive the whole experience.


We’ve helped Fortune 100 Companies and the tiniest non-profits with tell their stories. Bring us your challenges – we’ll meet you with ideas, strategies, and solutions.



David Hughes Duke
David Hughes Duke
Founder and President
...has over thirty years of experience working inside and outside a variety of Fortune 500 corporations. He was speech-writer for the Chairman, President, and CFO at The Coca-Cola Company. As creative director at O’Connor-Burnham Productions, he produced video and multi-media for clients in the health care, consumer products, computer, travel, banking, telecommunications, textile manufacturing, real estate, and accounting industries. David founded Living Stories in 1991 to specialize in working for human causes and the not-for-profits who support them. He is a performing musician, song-writer, and member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta. David holds a master’s degree in English Literature from Georgia State University.
John Duke
John Duke
Producer & Writer
...majored in both Film Studies and History at Emory University ('06), and he holds a Master of the Arts degree in Cinema Studies from New York University ('10). While at NYU, he worked as a projectionist and archivist, gaining experienced in film preservation as he worked to clean and preserve the original prints of films by renowned documentary filmmaker George Stoney. A native of Atlanta, John was eager to move back to his hometown and work in the community, which he cares about deeply. He brings to Living Stories a broad range of experiences. His experimental art film Atlanta, Day One saw broad exposure in Atlanta's burgeoning arthouse scene. His greatest passion is telling the stories of Atlanta's people, who do so much work of significance that flies under the radar.






In our polarized Society, we need a starting-place

for rediscovering each other.

Warm Pound Cake

One of the casualties of the suburbanization of America is the front porch. People build “decks” instead — and they hide them at the back of the house. In the summer twilight, folks used to stroll down the street and pause to chat with other folks. If you sat on your porch at that time of day, you were sending an invitation – and it was invariably accepted. People would stop in and talk about how dry the weather had been and whose child had been down with chicken pox and who was running for president. Discussions of national policy and the state of the economy blended with scores from Little League games and Bridge competitions. For the most part, scenes like this are now relegated to films such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” or to books such as Dandelion Wine and To Kill a Mockingbird. We could survive, possibly, without the good things people shared on front porches – fresh lemonade, extra tomatoes from the garden, a piece of pound cake warm from the oven...

Ivan Allen

Ivan Allen is one of the most important figures in Atlanta’s history, and never before have the stories contained in his legacy been told on the silver screen. The story of Ivan Allen’s life and career is one of transformation. A child of the new Southern gentry, he inherited his father’s business fortune and political aspirations. He ran unsuccessfully for governor of Georgia on a segregationist ticket in the 50s. Later that decade, as the head of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, he found himself up against a strong anti-segregation protest movement, emanating from the Atlanta University Center of historically black colleges. After defeating avowed, sometimes violent segregationist, Lester Maddox, in the 1961 mayoral election, Ivan Allen led the desegregation of city government buildings. In his two terms as mayor, Atlanta became the headquarters of the Civil Rights Movement, and the city grew as much as all the previous years since its founding. The mayor’s often rocky journe...



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