Production Team

Holly Million, Director and Producer

Holly Million is a filmmaker, nonprofit leader, teacher, speaker, writer, and blogger whose personal passion is empowering people to change their world for the better. Holly was the executive director of the BioBricks Foundation, a public-benefit organization whose mission is to ensure that the engineering of biology is conducted in an open and ethical manner to benefit all people and the planet. The public has largely been left out of the dialogue on how to apply technology, and Holly intends for A Permanent Mark to become a powerful tool to change the dialogue by engaging the public directly in it.

Holly has 25 years’ experience in nonprofit management and fundraising for organizations and films. In addition to securing funding for A Story of Healing, which won a 1997 Academy Award, Holly has raised money for documentary and dramatic films that have aired on PBS, HBO, and other broadcast outlets. As a director, Holly created Changing Room, a dramatic film that had its television debut on PBS in 2005. Holly is the producer of The Rugby Player, a feature-length documentary that tells the story of United Flight 93 passenger Mark Bingham and his mother Alice Hoagland. Holly also produced It Came From Kuchar, a documentary about underground filmmaker George Kuchar directed by Jennifer Kroot, and she was a fundraising consultant on Blind Spot: Murder by Women, a film by Oscar-winning filmmakers Allie Light and Irving Saraf, as well as Everyday Heroes, a film by Oscar-nominated director Rick Goldsmith. Holly has an MA in education from Stanford University and a BA in English from Harvard University. Holly is a seasoned international traveler who has been to Nepal, China, Thailand, South Korea, Mongolia, Europe, and Vietnam.

Chris Million, Director of Photography

Chris has worked for over 20 years in the film, television, and video-production field, traveling the world and achieving many awards for his work. He won a 2004 Emmy for his work on Return to the Valley, a historical documentary produced for PBS station KTEH. Chris is the director of photography of The Rugby Player, a feature-length documentary that tells the story of United Flight 93 passenger Mark Bingham and his mother Alice Hoagland. He is the director and producer of Jack London: Twentieth Century Man, the first-ever feature-length documentary about one of America’s greatest writers. Chris has shot and/or produced over 150 segments for the Emmy-winning PBS educational show Real Science! in locations from Alaska to the Everglades. He was also Director of Photography and Director on many episodes of the long-running PBS interview show Malone, working with everyone from film critic Roger Ebert to former President Jimmy Carter. Chris’s work has been presented with the Emmy, CINE Golden Eagle, and Telly Award, as well as numerous educational awards like the NEMH Gold Apple and NETA Award of Merit. Chris holds a BS in Film and Television from Syracuse University.

Michael V. Williams, Editor

Michael is an award-winning video and television producer/editor with over twenty years in the industry.  He worked as a producer, editor and cameraman on the Emmy-winning PBS series, Real Science! for five seasons.  He received Emmy nominations as the producer, editor and co-writer of the PBS pledge special, Pulse: The Rhythm of Life, hosted by Academy Award nominee Annette Bening.  Michael has been the Supervising Editor for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders weekly programs, Behind the Shield and The Raiders Report since the 2003 season.  He received multiple Emmy nominations for both shows and won in 2010.  He has also been the producer and/or editor for national programs on The History Channel, HGTV, Discovery/Travel, TechTV and Fox Sports Net. Michael was a lead editor on the History Channel’s Man, Moment, Machine and Tactical to Practical.  As a producer/editor for TechTV, Michael shaped content for national programs such as Fresh Gear, Gamespot, Audiofile, Internet Tonight and many others.  His non-broadcast credits include a wide-ranging number of videos, CD-ROMs, DVDs, video e-mails and internet projects for clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Cisco, AT&T, Genentech, Sheraton, Logitech, Sun Microsystems, BMW and SEGA.   Michael has a BA in Economics and Psychology from Willamette University.  In 2009, Michael started GuruTube.Net, a website dedicated to objective, informational videos by widely acknowledged experts in a variety of fields and disciplines. In 2012, Michael produced, directed and edited the short film Please Hold.

Advisors and Consultants

Raymond Telles‘ 30-plus-year career in film and television includes the production of documentaries and news magazine segments. He has produced and directed for Public Television, Turning Point and Nightline-ABC, Dateline-NBC. Among the more than 30 documentaries Telles has produced and directed are: Continent on the Move for the PBS series Americas; The Fight in the Fields, a feature documentary on Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers’ movement which was in documentary competition at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS. MFA-Film, UCLA. Member of WGA and NATAS. Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley.

Dr. Hien Duc Do is a professor of sociology at San Jose State University. Dr. Do received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Sociology. His primary research interests are Vietnamese Americans, race relations, the development of Asian-American Communities, and the impact of religion on immigration. He is the author of The Vietnamese Americans (Greenwood Press, 1999), an associate producer of Vietnam: At the Crossroads (PBS, 1994) a documentary film on Vietnam, numerous articles, and is currently working on a manuscript with colleagues at the University of San Francisco on the impact of religion on immigration. He is the past President of the Association of Asian American Studies (2000-2002).

Susan Hammond is the director of the War Legacies Project, a not-for-profit organization based in Vermont that focuses on the long-term impacts of war to develop a fuller understanding of the costs of war, increase public understanding of these costs, foster public dialogue about the impacts of war and conduct programs that help mitigate the impacts of war at home and abroad. At the moment their main focus of work is addressing the long term health and environmental consequences of the use of Agent Orange and other herbicides during the Vietnam war. Much of their work focuses on the impacts of these herbicides in Vietnam. However, they also address their impacts on US veterans and veterans of the other ally forces and on communities where the herbicides were manufactured, stored and tested.  WLP also collaborates with the Legacies of War and other organizations working to raise awareness and encourage more humanitarian assistance for the on-going impacts of cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of the war.