Staff

Holly Million

Holly Million

Founder and Executive Director

Holly Million is an artist, filmmaker, nonprofit leader, teacher, speaker, and writer whose personal passion is empowering people to change their world. Holly has over two decades’ experience in nonprofit management, has been a consultant, director of development, executive director, and board member for scores of organizations, and has raised millions of dollars throughout her career.

Holly also has over two decades’ experience fundraising for films. In addition to securing funding for A Story of Healing, which won a 1997 Academy Award, she has raised money for documentary and dramatic films that have aired on PBS, HBO, and other broadcast outlets. A skilled producer, Holly can handle the business, fundraising, and logistical aspects of taking a film from concept through completion.

As a film director, Holly created Changing Room, a dramatic film that had its television debut on PBS in 2005. She is also the director of the feature-length documentaries A Permanent Mark: Agent Orange in America and Vietnam and Frackture, a film about parents in Western Pennsylvania fighting the installation of six fracking wells .5 miles from their children’s school. 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, Everyday Heroes, a film by Oscar-nominated director Rick Goldsmith, and numerous additional narrative and documentary films.

Holly has an MA in Education from Stanford University and a BA in English from Harvard University.

Alexandria Wyllie

Alexandria Wyllie

Communications Manager

Alexandria Wyllie is a child of the Bay Area with her roots in Indonesia. Art, in all its forms, has always been a huge passion for Alexandria and she is looking forward to adding her skills and network to Artists United.

Alexandria has worked in a large national nonprofit as an outreach coordinator, been the director of communications for a small international nonprofit in Sumba, Indonesia. She has also produced and managed Art Studios at the Coachella Valley Art and Music Festival, and has a masters degree in International Public Policy and Management from USC. 

Maya Wise

Maya Wise

AUTV Producer

Maya Wise is a writer, producer, and creator based in San Francisco. She’s worked in communications for a wide variety of global clients with a focus on healthcare and advocacy. Through her work, she uses communication in all forms – written, verbal, visual – to expand understanding and strengthen connections between people. Currently, Maya is supporting development and production for documentary and narrative films. She is passionate about storytelling that sheds light on the universalities of the human experience and reminds us of the importance of human (and nature) connection. When she’s not at her desk, Maya can be found exploring the redwoods and beaches of northern California and volunteering for local film festivals.

Eric Vollweiler

Eric Vollweiler

Sponsorship Coordinator

Eric is based in Upstate NY and has been producing and marketing film festivals, conferences, movie premieres, parties at major film festivals and concerts in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Utah, Connecticut, Boston, New Jersey, Manhattan, Albany, Buffalo, Florida, Kansas City, and Toronto since 2005. Some of Eric’s Credits include the Saratoga Springs International Film Festival, New York State International Film Festival, Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival, Garden State Film Festival, Boston International Film Festival, Silicon Beach Film Festival, Seal Beach Film Festival, Marina del Rey Film Festival, San Pedro International Film Festival and Artemis Woman in Action Film Festival.

Annie Smathers

Annie Smathers

Community Outreach Volunteer

Ann’s main hobbies are leather working, writing, singing/songwriting,  and arts and crafts in general (“Jackie of all trades and master of none”).  She made her own guitar straps.  In 2009, she won 2nd Place in Paranormal Underground Magazine’s Short Fiction Contest.  She also has a huge passion for history and got her BA in Dec. 2000 from the University of New Mexico.  

She used to work as an office manager/transcriptionist for a clinical neuropsychologist where she loved meeting all kinds of people,  had many opportunities to help them, and wants to continue serving others in whatever new ways she can.   She is a native of Albuquerque, NM and in her spare time, she loves cuddling her best friend’s dog, whom she calls her “fur niece”, a blue Bedlington terrier who smiles a lot.