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In 1998, Ray Olson, a retired teacher of sociology at the College of DuPage, chose to continue in the education field by producing documentaries that are useful to social science and humanities teachers. Given his interest in things Chinese, his first two documentaries are about China. Joining him in this endeavor is his wife Bonnie, who is also a retired high school teacher. They established Sacred Mountain Productions for the purpose of producing and distributing films that are useful to educators.

Sacred Mountain Productions — named after Mount Hood, the largest mountain in the Pacific Northwest — has produced Blending With Nature: Classical Chinese Gardens, Human Rights in China: The Search for Common Ground, and The Creation of Portland's Classical Chinese Garden.

Ray Olson, Producer
Ray Olson received his MS degree in Sociology in 1968, taught sociology for 25 years at the College of DuPage in Illinois, and participated in a series of seminars on China presented by the University of Chicago in preparation for his first trip to China in 1994, where he was a participant in a five week Fulbright Summer Field Study Program for Illinois college teachers. Since then he participated in a three week Asian Studies Development Program at Peking University and has continued studying China. He has traveled there nine times, including one semester of teaching American Studies at a Chinese university in 1996.

While at College of DuPage he initiated three videos on sociological research methods that were produced by the college, and his role was as script writer. After retiring from teaching he studied film making and video editing at the Northwest Film Center in Portland, Oregon, and in 2003 started Sacred Mountain Productions for the purpose of producing and distributing educational films.

In 1999, Ray Olson was granted permission to videotape the building of Portland's Chinese garden. He went to the site 25 times, put on a hardhat, shot film of craftsmen and craftswomen at work and interviewed key people. Since the garden recently celebrated its ten year anniversary, he looked at the rare footage and produced his third film on China.

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