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Christopher Upham is a writer, filmmaker, photographer and actor living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Return to Dak To, Mr. Upham’s prizewinning documentary about the long-term effects of combat, won prestigious Pacific Pioneer and Fleishhacker grants and is in educational release with Collective Eye Films. Return to Dak To centers on Upham’s experiences as a medic traveling back to Vietnam with four Army comrades. His Vietnam War novel on the same subject, Daktoum, was published in 2022


His film career began as a research and production for Greg MacGillivray (To Fly, Behold Hawaii, Everest, 25 other IMAX films). Among his story consulting clients are playwright John O’Keefe (Shimmer), filmmakers Lynn Hershman-Leeson (The Memoirs of Elizabeth F.), Ellen Perry (Will, The Fall of Fujimori) and Taggart Siegel (Seed: An Untold Story)


Mr. Upham’s fiction story, Nothing To Crow About was anthologized in Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace edited by Maxine Hong Kingston. His photographs have appeared in the New York Times and USA Today. His fine art photography work has been exhibited by the Jules Maeght Gallery, San Francisco.


On Staff at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Screenwriting program, Mr. Upham has taught screenwriting at San Francisco State University, filmmaking at the San Francisco Film Society, and was Artist in Residence at MVLA Academy.

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