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©(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