A Permanent Mark: Agent Orange in America and Vietnam

In 1999, I watched my mother, Janet, become a bride for the second time in her life. In 2003, I watched her become a widow for the second time — because of Agent Orange.

My stepfather, Bob Macher, was a quiet, down-to-Earth man. He was a good mechanic, he loved to hunt, and he never had a negative thing to say about another human being. But he died from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, because he was exposed to Agent Orange decades earlier in the Vietnam War.

I decided to make a film about Bob. It bothered me that a kind, quiet, average guy could suffer this terrible fate and then just slip away without any public acknowledgment of what happened to him. As I embarked on making the film, I discovered there are many Bobs — hundreds of thousands of American veterans just like him. And there are even more Vietnamese people who have suffered the same fate, for the same reason.

I have put my heart and soul into this because it is important to me, to my family, and to so many other families. Now I need to complete the film and get it into the world, so it can raise awareness, influence policies, help people heal, and change the future.

Bob may be gone, but he is my muse. I’m going to finish A Permanent Mark this year, to make sure Bob’s story and the greater story is told! I have met many more veterans and their family members through this process, and now I am telling their story, too. As my cousin, Erick, said to me, “Holly, you’re their voice now.” I need your help so I can be the voice for others involved in this story of Agent Orange.

To complete the film, I need to raise $50,000 in grassroots support by December 31, 2014. This money will allow me to finish the film. I am asking you to join me in making an important piece of personal history, our nation’s history, and our planet’s history available to the greater world. Please make a personal gift today to help me complete my $50,000 grassroots finishing funds goal. Click here to make a secure, tax-deductible donation online at Bona Fide Films, my 501(c)(3) nonprofit film organization. Gifts made to the film through Bona Fide Films are tax deductible to the full extend provided for by law.

This money will pay for final editing, technical prep of the film, sound design, graphics, animation, and music. It will also allow me to focus my attention on the film so I can get this job done.

See the exciting donation levels/benefits for contributing to the campaign on our donate page.

In addition to the special benefits for each level of support, I am going to give away one all-expense-paid trip for two to the film premiere (fingers crossed for Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, did you say CANNES?!). No ticket purchase is necessary to participate. All supporters will be automatically entered for this opportunity drawing. This drawing will take place only if we reach the $50,000 goal. 

In addition to this $50K grassroots finishing funds goal, I am also launching a search for an Executive Producer for A Permanent Mark. I’m looking for one person to donate $50,000. This money will cover community outreach, distribution and related travel, insurance, legal costs, and marketing. In exchange for this gift, this individual will receive an Executive Producer credit and other exclusive benefits that include VIP access to exciting screenings, premieres, parties, and more!

But there is more! I also have two spots available for individuals who donate $25,000 each to the film — they will receive a Producer’s credit and other fantastic, exclusive benefits.

And here is the kicker — if you introduce me to the person who donates $50,000, I will pay you a $5,000 finders fee and give you an Associate Producer credit. If you find a person who donates $25K to become a Producer, I will pay you $2,500 and give you an Associate Producer credit.

I know there are people out there who want to help our veterans, our environment, and the people of Vietnam and who want to be rewarded for their philanthropy and leadership. Can you help me find them by December 31, 2014? I think you can!

In the meantime, please make a personal gift to the $50,000 grassroots finishing funds campaign online by December 31, 2014. Together, we can complete this film and make a real difference for veterans, the environment, and the people of Vietnam.

See the exciting donation levels/benefits for contributing to the campaign on our donate page.

Thank you for your support!


Holly Million
Director, A Permanent Mark