President and Executive Director
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 has 25 years’ experience in nonprofit management and fundraising for organizations and films. Most recently, 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. 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 director of the feature-length documentary film, A Permanent Mark, now in post-production, which tells the story of American veterans and Vietnamese people suffering from Agent Orange exposure. Holly is the producer of The Rugby Player, a feature-length documentary about 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.
Chris Million has worked for 25 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 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 shot and produced segments for the ground-breaking PBS technology news show, Silicon Valley Report, and has worked on numerous other national PBS projects for WETA-Washington and Maryland Public Television, among others. Chris was the Director of Photography on the award-winning feature documentary It Came From Kuchar, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2009, and is co-producer and director of photography on The Rugby Player, which is now in the middle of a long festival run all over the country. He is directing the first feature-length documentary about author and adventurer Jack London, Jack London: Twentieth Century Man, which is now early in post-production. His commercial network credits include numerous feature segments for Fox Sports Net, ABC, MTV, TNT and other networks. In addition to his broadcast work, Chris has shot, directed and edited numerous sales, marketing and image presentations for major corporations such as Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Google, and PepsiCo. Chris’s work has been presented with the Emmy, CINE Golden Eagle, and Telly Award, as well as numerous educational awards like the NEMH Bronze Apple and NETA Award of Merit. Chris holds a BS in Film and Television from Syracuse University.
Board of Directors
Michael A. Behrens is an award-winning artist, nonprofit business consultant, and film producer with 20 years’ of experience. Currently, he is the Chief Financial Officer for the Narrative Track Venture, consultant to the Documentary Film Institute and Virtual Veteran Project at San Francisco State University. His clients have included Paramount, Disney, Volkswagen, Fox, San Francisco State University, Emergency USA, Burger King, National Theatre of Finland, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and many others. Recently he helped produce Jeff Rosenblum’s first documentary The Naked Brand (2012) for the Questus Agency (Ad Agency of the Year 2011). From 2008-2012 he ran the San Francisco Film Society’s Professional Development Program. Since its inception the program has helped hundreds of media makers create and complete their films. Previous award-winning films Michael has produced: My Garbage My Neighborhood (2011), Kunjo (2010) and Climate Change (2009). He is currently producing the documentary film, 780 Frederick and the short film Jaime’s Car. Michael holds a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco and has lectured at Saint Mary’s College, California Art Institute, The National Acting School of Finland, Illinois State University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Zhu Hai University and others. He was awarded the Rex Rabold Fellowship, USF Merritt Scholarship, and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, US State Department and the People’s Republic of China.
Soumyaa Kapil Behrens is strategic media specialist and award winning artist whose work is focused on the socio-urban environment and geo-specific communities. Her short films, Climate Change (2008) and My Garbage, My Neighborhood (2011) have screened nationwide and abroad. Soumyaa is currently in post-production on her first feature film, 780 Frederick, a documentary-noir that chronicles the forced demise of a community recycling center in Golden Gate Park. She curates bi-monthly environmental art shows at the Reclaimed Room, an exhibition space on the Industrial shores of San Francisco, and publishes multiple blogs for local nonprofit organizations. She has produced multiple narrative films including, Kunjo (2010), Beyond Redemption (2013) and Jaime’s Car (2014) and lectures in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University. Soumyaa holds an MFA in Cinema Production and serves as the President of the nonprofit, Bay Area Women In Film and Media (BAWIFM), a chapter of Women In Film and TV International (WIFTI). She has been awarded numerous grants for her work. Select clients include San Francisco Film Society, Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council, Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America, Building REsources, Oddball Film + Video, and Golden Poppy Productions among others.
Garth Lewis is a Principal at Samsung Research America where he is helping to create the products and services of tomorrow. Prior to joining Samsung, he worked at Microsoft, Apple, HBO, and various Silicon Valley startups. He received his M.A. in Journalism at U.C. Berkeley with an emphasis in documentary filmmaking. His credits include “Sorority” which won the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival and “Hillside” a ground-breaking improvisational drama for Disney. He has worked on innovative media products including the world’s first consumer handheld device, digital video recorder, and interactive TV service.
Veronica Zolina is an attorney in private practice near Boston, MA. She handles primarily criminal defense and residential landlord/tenant matters, and is trained in the collaborative model for resolving business and family disputes. An active member of the Women’s Bar Association, she heads up a regional section of the organization as well as local peer mentoring group. Veronica holds a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and a BA from Harvard in linguistics/psychology. Before law school, she worked in marketing/communications for financial services firms and nonprofits in the Boston area. Since 1989 she has served on the board of Greyhound Friends, a Massachusetts dog rescue and adoption nonprofit, with several terms as president. She is also on the board of the Maynard Dog Owners Group, which promotes responsible dog ownership and is working to bring a public dog park to her town.