Scott Gracheff – Director / Producer
Scott Gracheff is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on diverse voices seldom heard in the mainstream media.
As a staff PBS producer / director, he created numerous documentaries for PBS audiences for over ten years. This included two documentaries that aired along with The War, Ken Burn’s landmark series about WWII. Soldados explores the experience of Latino WWII soldiers, while Nisei Soldiers tells the story of the war through the eyes of Japanese American soldiers. Soldados went on to earn a 2008 Emmy Award Nomination.
Previous work for PBS includes Dave Tatsuno, Movies and Memories, a documentary that uncovers the story of a man who smuggled his 8mm film camera into a Japanese internment camp and secretly filmed his family’s 3-year life behind barbed wire. The film won a 2006 San Francisco Press Club Documentary Award. In 2003, he directed Return To The Valley, which examines the Japanese American experience after WWII. The documentary won a 2004 Emmy Award.
Currently, Scott is an independent filmmaker based in New York City and recently began shooting a new documentary about NYC artist and performer Joe Coleman. Chronicling 3 years in the life of the artist, the film also documents Coleman working on his biggest painting ever, which is still 2 years away from completion.
Holly Million – Producer
Holly Million is a consultant, author, and filmmaker with two decades of experience in fundraising.
In addition to securing funding for A Story of Healing, which won a 1997 Academy Award, Million 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 has raised money for such cutting-edge films as It Came From Kuchar, a documentary about underground filmmaker George Kuchar directed by Jennifer Kroot, 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 is currently directing A Permanent Mark: Agent Orange in America and Vietnam, a documentary for national broadcast that integrates the story of Americans exposed to Agent Orange with the story of Vietnamese people still contending with the toxic herbicide.
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, and South Korea, Holly met her husband, The Rugby Player DP Chris Million, on a trip to Mongolia in 1996.
Chris Million – Co-Producer / Director of Photography
Chris Million has traveled the world as a film and television producer, director and director of photography for over 20 years receiving numerous awards for his work including a 2004 Emmy for the PBS documentary Return to the Valley.
During his time at PBS, Chris shot and/or produced over 150 segments for the Emmy-winning science educational show Real Science!, shot and directed the long-running interview show Malone, and contributed to many other national PBS projects such as Universe and The War: Soldados. Chris was the Director of Photography on Jennifer Kroot’s 2010 feature documentary It Came From Kuchar, which screened at South by Southwest, Telluride and numerous other film festivals before a successful theatrical release and national broadcast on cable and PBS.
He most recently shot Kroot’s documentary about actor and activist George Takei. His many other credits include segments for Monday Night Football, Fox Sports, A&E, TNT, History Channel, MTV, VH1 and interviews with everyone from Hall of Fame ballplayer Willie Mays to President Jimmy Carter.
Chris is also the director and co-producer with his wife Holly of the feature documentary Jack London: 20th Century Man, currently in production. Chris’s work has been presented with the Emmy, CINE Golden Eagle, and Telly Awards, as well as numerous educational media awards. Chris has a BS in Film and Television from Syracuse University.
Manuel Tsingaris – Editor
Manuel Adrian Tsingaris has been an editor for twenty years. His experience ranges from documentaries and commercials, to music videos and magazine style programming.
Some of his recent projects include: The Storm that Swept Mexico, a two-hour film that aired on PBS in May 2011; Writ Writer, a story about a jailhouse lawyer who from behind bars in the 1960’s, alerted the public to the unconstitutional practices in the TX penal system, bringing about statewide change; A Dream in Doubt, which follows a Sikh man’s journey to find peace and justice after his brother is killed four days after 9/11; China Blue, a documentary on child labor in China, globalization and who is paying the ultimate price for our appetite for cheap products; and Long Gone, a documentary about hobos and the very human desire for community, belonging and family.
Manuel was also a contributing Editor on the critically acclaimed mini documentary series, Life 360, a co-venture between ABC/Nightline and PBS.
Todd Sarner – Content Advisor
Todd has known Mark Bingham since middle school when the two of them explored their budding interest in becoming filmmakers. Fortunately for the world, this passion for film led them to record hundreds of hours of their adventures together from childhood up to the month before Mark died.