Chris Million, Director and Co-Producer

Chris Million has been a film and television producer, director, director of photography, and editor for over 20 years and has received many awards, including a 2004 Emmy for the PBS historical documentary Return to the Valley. He shot and/or produced over 150 segments for the Emmy-winning PBS educational showReal Science! and has contributed to many other national PBS projects such as Universe and The War.

Chris was the Director of Photography on the 2010 feature documentary It Came From Kuchar, which screened at South by Southwest, Telluride and numerous other film festivals.

He is Co-Producer of The Rugby Player, a feature documentary about 9/11 hero Mark Bingham and his mother Alice Hoagland, to be released in late 2012. Chris’s work has been presented with the Emmy, CINE Golden Eagle, and Telly Awards. Chris has a BS in Film and Television from Syracuse University.

Chris aims to bring Jack London alive in JL20CM, using his exciting personal story and many examples from his writing. London’s personal story — rising from poverty, becoming a self-made man, having brushes with danger & death through self-imposed adventures, suffering personal setbacks, experiencing creative breakthroughs, and suffering an untimely early death — naturally lends itself to exciting filmmaking.

Chris is excited to make a documentary about London because the author left so much rich source material behind. London and his wife Charmian tirelessly documented every detail of their action-packed life, and therefore, reenactments are largely unnecessary.

London was a talented amateur photographer who captured over 12,000 photographs from his travels through England’s poorest neighborhoods, to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, to the Russo-Japanese War, to the voyage of the Snark, and more. He and Charmian kept personal diaries throughout their marriage, and London wrote an enormous quantity of personal letters to his extensive circle of friends.

Most of these materials have never been used in a film. Chris has done in-depth interviews with several of the film’s advisors who are top London scholars. They will help call forth and elucidate the major themes of London’s life and work.

Chris Million

Holly Million, Co-Producer

Holly Million is a filmmaker, nonprofit leader, teacher, speaker, and writer whose personal passion is empowering people to change their world for the better. Holly has over 20 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 currently directing and producing A Permanent Mark: Agent Orange in America and Vietnam, a feature-length documentary for national broadcast that is now in post-production. 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. A seasoned international traveler who has been to Nepal, China, Thailand, South Korea, and Vietnam, Holly met her husband, Chris Million, on a trip to Mongolia in 1996.

Holly Million

Ray Telles, Executive Producer

Raymond Telles’s twenty-five year career in film and television includes the production of documentaries and news magazine segments. He has produced and directed for Public TelevisionTurning Point and Nightline-ABCDateline- NBC. His independent productions include films for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Independent Television Service (ITVS).

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;
  • Children of the Night for Frontline-PBS, winner of a DuPont-Columbia Gold Baton Award as well a number of other honors; and
  • In Search of Law and Order, a three hour series on juvenile justice for PBS and Channel 4 (UK).

Recent documentaries include: Eye on the Universe for Discovery Networks International; Memorials for Nightline-ABC; Miracle Babies, Tough Choices and Making a Baby for MSNBC as well as several segments for the PBS series Life 360. Telles is currently developing The Storm that Swept Mexico, a three-hour series for PBS and recently completed production on Race is the Place for PBS. Telles is the Northern California producer for Media Link International whose corporate clients include Google, Logitech, and Siemens.

Telles has won numerous awards including three Emmy Awards, two PBS Programming Awards for News and Current Affairs, The Ohio State Award, an ALMA Award, a NATAS Community Service Award, top honors in the San Francisco, American Film and Video Association, Chicago and New York Film Festivals, the DuPont-Columbia Gold Baton, two Cine Golden Eagles, as well as numerous other awards for his work in film and broadcast journalism. In 1999 Telles served on the Documentary Jury for the Sundance Film Festival and has been a consultant to the Institute on Latin American projects. He is bilingual-Spanish/English and lives with his family in Oakland, California.

Ray Telles

Kenn Rabin, Archivist, Script Consultant

Kenn Rabin has received two Emmy nominations and a FOCAL International Award for his extensive television and feature work. Since beginning his career working with Bill Moyers in New York, Rabin has worked on well over one hundred films with credits as writer, producer, audiovisual researcher, and consultant.  They include PBS’s landmark series Eyes on the Prize, as well as Frontline, Vietnam: A Television History, American Experience, American Masters, Independent Lens and POV.

In 2010, he co-wrote and co-produced The Storm that Swept Mexico, a two-hour PBS special, with Paradigm Productions’ Ray Telles. Other credits as writer, producer, archivist and audiovisual researcher include:

  • the cult classic The Lathe of Heaven;
  • John Frankenheimer’s Against the Wall;
  • Kevin Costner’s 500 Nations;
  • Sean Penn’s The Indian Runner;
  • Land of the Blind, a feature starring Donald Sutherland and Ralph Fiennes;
  • the television series, China Beach;
  • Barry Levinson’s Yesterday’s Tomorrows, on which he was associate producer and writer;
  • George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck;
  • Steven Soderbergh’s The Good German;
  • the quirky feature The Men Who Stare at Goats; and
  • Gus Van Sant’s biopic Milk.

Most recent theatrical documentary credits include How to Survive a Plague, and Inequality for All. He is currently working on three feature-length documentary projects and is overseeing the digitization of  a collection of historic photographs for donation to the Library of Congress. Kenn is also coauthor with Sheila Curran Bernard of Archival Storytelling: A Filmmaker’s Guide to Finding, Using, and Licensing Third-Party Visuals and Music, which has become the go-to reference book for producers from all over the world making historical documentaries and features.

Kenn Rabin

Andrew Gersh, Editor

Andrew Gersh is a documentary film and video editor based in Berkeley, California. His work has appeared on PBS, ABC, MSNBC, National Geographic, Discovery, Turner Broadcasting, the BBC and Channel 4, UK and in theaters worldwide. He began his editing career on staff at WGBH in Boston, working on many groundbreaking series for PBS, including NOVAFRONTLINE and the ten-hour WGBH/BBC co-production on the history of ROCK & ROLL.

Recent work includes:

  • Ask Not (San Francisco International Film Festival, MoMA NY, national PBS broadcast on Emmy-award winning series Independent Lens),

His latest film, The Revolutionary Optimists, was awarded the Hilton Worldwide LightStay Sustainability Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and opens in theaters nationwide in 2013. He is a Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab Fellow.

Andrew Gersh