Christopher Upham, Writer/Director/Producer

Christopher Upham is a writer and visual storyteller. He has collaborated with filmmakers Paul Saltzman (PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI), Ellen Perry (WILL), Lynn Hershman-Leeson (CONCEIVING ADA, TECHNOLUST), Tom Schlesinger, Hisham Bizri and playwright John O'Keefe (SHIMMER). On staff at the prestigious Squaw Valley Screenwriting program, he has also taught Documentary Structure and Visual Storytelling. Christopher's fiction has been anthologized in Maxine Hong-Kingston's VETERANS OF WAR, VETERANS OF PEACE. His novel, DAKTOUM, about the 1969 siege at Dak To, will be published in Spring, 2016. RETURN TO DAK TO is his directorial debut.

Traci Loth, Editor/Producer

Traci Loth is a San Francisco based editor/producer with over a decade of experience in documentary and commercial work for television and film. She edited SLOMO, winner of the SXSW Grand Jury Prize, the International Documentary Association Award for Best Short, and was on New York Times Best of 2014. She produced and edited THE 99ERS, a behind-the-scenes look at the legacy of the 1999 Women's World Cup for ESPN's acclaimed Nine for IX series . Traci also edited PROTECT AND SERVE for The New Yorker Presents series, HBO’s ONE NATION UNDER DOG, and the award-winning feature documentary ROW HARD NO EXCUSES—about two Americans rowing the world's toughest race across the Atlantic. Her corporate clients include Apple, Sony, Nike and Adobe.


S. Smith Patrick, Cinematographer

S. Smith Patrick is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer based in San Francisco, California. Her internationally acclaimed, award-winning first film, THE CHILDREN OF IBDAA: TO CREATE SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING (2002) documents a West Bank Palestinian refugee camp children's dance troupe. As cinematographer, her films include: SINGING THE MILKY WAY, about a world renowned, bush-raised Australian aboriginal artist and BOOKSELLERS OF SIEM REAP, about Cambodian street children using a photography and dance workshop to lift them out of poverty. Smith's work focuses on human rights and indigenous cultural issues.

Luciano Chessa, Composer

Luciano Chessa is a sought after contemporary Italian composer of mostly stage, chamber and vocal works that have been performed in Europe and elsewhere; he is also active as a musicologist and pianist. Mr. Chessa studied at the Conservatorio G.B. Martini, the Universita di Bologna and holds a PhD from the University of California, Davis.



Audio Post Production, Berkeley Sound Artists

Sound Design, Jamie Branquinho, James LeBrecht

Rerecording Mixer, James LeBrecht, Dan Olmsted

Dialogue Editor, Chase Keehn

Sound Effects Editor, Bijan Sharifi

Voiceover Recording, Anton Herbert

Title Design, Anne Maroon

Color Finishing, Gary Coates

Post Production Consultant, Richard Levien

Story Consulting, Adam Keker, Amanda Micheli, Vivien Hillgrove, Eric Neudel 

Script Editor, Lori Powell

Music Recording, Fantasy Studios

Original Guitar, Travis Andrews

Musicians, Paula Karolak, Douglas Machiz, Otis Harriel, Kevin Rogers, Christine Morse, Luciano Chessa

Photos Courtesy of: Larry Burrows, the men of the 299th, LIFE Magazine/Getty Images, The Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Peoples Army of Vietnam, Bradley A. Lail, Stacey L. Pearsall, Olanrewaiu Akinwunmi, James Harper Jr., Jeremy T. Lock, Armando Mondroig, OpenStreetMap contributors

Archival Film Footage: Larry Branch, Jim Brown, Larry Slosky, Bernie Lucassen, National Archives and Records Administration, National Broadcasting Company

Made with the assistance of the Pacific Pioneer Fund and The Fleishhacker Foundation