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Christopher Million (Oakland) with Valley of the Moon Natural History Association (Glen Ellen)

Award: $40,000 Media Arts (Creative Work Fund/ArtPlace) Grant awarded in 2012

To be completed: December 2013

Filmmaker Christopher Million is creating a 90-minute documentary film on the life of Jack London–the renowned California author and adventurer–examining his work, social and cultural influence, and literary legacy. In the early 1900s, London settled in Sonoma County, where he developed a ranch and built Wolf House, his dream mansion, which tragically burned down. Today, the ranch is the site of Jack London State Historic Park, established in 1960 and managed by the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association since March 2012.

The collaboration gives Million access to the site— including its holdings of more than 12,000 original plates from London’s photographs and a board member’s extensive private Jack London archives. The film under development will contribute to benefiting and sustaining the park.

Lead artist Million has been a film and television producer, director, director of photography, and editor for more than 20 years and has received many awards, including a 2004 Emmy for the PBS historical documentary Return to the Valley. He is co-producer of With You, a feature documentary about 9/11 hero Mark Bingham and his mother, Alice Hoagland, to be released in late 2012.