Kirk Wolfinger has worked in the film industry for 28 years during which time he has produced and directed numerous critically acclaimed, award winning, documentary programs presented nationally and internationally on major networks and the leading cable outlets.
In 2009 he released his 90 minute independent feature documentary The Rivals. It's the tells the story of two towns in Maine, one wealthy, one poor and their high school football competition where the game of winning in life becomes the real lesson on and off the field. The Rivals has taken home Best Picture (Phoenix Film Festival) Best Documentary (Los Angles Real Film Festival) Audience Award (Wood's Hole Film Festival) and a Silver Chris (Columbus Film Festival ) as well as a host of Official Entries in festivals across the country. The film was purchased by Smithsonian Network and premiered in September of 2010.
Most recent television work includes Specials in 2009 for NOVA, Killer Sub in Pearl Harbor History Channel, Underwater Universe and National Geographic Channel, Living on the Moon ..Past successes include Executive Producing and Directing 35, 1X60 episodes of The History Channel's Deep Sea Detectives and several Episodes of History's Tougher In Alaska a two hour special for THC, Titanic's Achilles Heel, a sequel to the history changing documentary Titanic's Final Moment's: Missing Pieces. Other recent broadcast credits include a two hour History Channel special based on Gene Krantz' book Failure Is Not An Option, and a sequel to that production titled Beyond the Moon. Other Lone Wolf productions led by Wolfinger include the NOVA programs Pocahontas Revealed, To The Moon and Hitler's Lost Sub, the latter of which became the inspiration for the bestseller Shadow Divers. Also of note were the productions Ravens: Covert War In Laos for Discovery Times, and Mayday: Lost At Sea and Pearl Harbor: Legacy of Attack for National Geographic Specials.
Wolfinger and Rocky Collins won a National Emmy for their NOVA/New York Times production of Bioterror. The pair were nominated the next year for their NOVA, Dirty Bomb.
While working with Varied Directions International, Kirk served as Series Producer and Director for Turner's highly acclaimed original series, Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon. In addition he also produced Portrait of Castro's Cuba for TBS, and two episodes of the PBS series Making Sense of the Sixties. Some of Kirk's later work at Varied Directions included Submarine!, Daredevils of the Sky, Titanic's Lost Sister, Battle Alert In The Gulf, The Beast of Loch Ness and Lincoln's Secret Weapon, all created for WGBH's series, NOVA.
In addition to the Emmy won for Bioterror, Wolfinger has won a regional Emmy, for Coma:The Journey Back received a George F. Peabody Award, an American Film Festival Blue Ribbon and the Independent Documentary Association Award.
Lone Wolf was founded in 1997 by Kirk and Lisa Wolfinger. Over the past 14 years they have assembled a team of talented professionals who have a passion for filmmaking and a desire to live and work in a place that sustains that desire. No film Kirk has made gives him as much satisfaction as the Company he and Lisa helped to create.
Lisa Quijano Wolfinger has written, produced, directed and supervised the edit on a variety of films and television programs. She is best known for her dynamic reenactments and recently completed a gritty docu-drama for National Geographic Channel called, "Dirty Bomb Attack" about a hypothetical terrorist attack on a US city. Other recent productions include: Underwater Universe for History, Walk on By, a short narrative film and 2 episodes of the reality series, Tougher in Alaska, all for History. Pocahontas Revealed aired May 2007 on PBS and a 3-hour marquis special for History, "Desperate Crossing, The Untold Story of the Mayflower" premiered at the Boston Film Festival and aired nationally Thanksgiving 2006. The Pilgrim special was not only critically acclaimed and nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys, it was the most watched show on History in 2006. Other notable work includes Fire on the Mountain (nominated for a 2004 News and Documentary Emmy and awarded the CINE Masters Series); the 90-minute Salem Witch Trials docu-drama, titled "Witch Hunt," (nominated for a 2005 News and Documentary Emmy) and the critically acclaimed mini-series, "Conquest of America" (nominated for a 2005 Primetime Emmy and winner of a Gold medal at the New York Festival.) As co-owner of Lone Wolf Documentary Group, Lisa is involved in the management of the company, program development and overall supervision of all current projects. Outside of Lone Wolf, Lisa has collaborated with Optomen Productions USA on God V Satan and Brook Lapping Productions on the 10 part docu-drama series "Forged in Fire" for Discovery. Lisa is currently working with writing partner, Steve Reich on an independent feature and when she isn't busy making films, she is juggling a husband, four strapping boys ages 13 to 19, a dog and an ancient cat. She stays fit and sane by dancing a lot. She recently co-founded a dance company with partner Susan Thompson-Brown called "Indiedanceworks" and performs a mix of modern, lyrical jazz and jazz regularly in and around Portland.
Rush is an accomplished filmmaker who has written, produced, and directed numerous documentaries for PBS, History Channel, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Turner Broadcasting, and others.
He most recently wrote, produced, and directed “Universe or Multiverse?” the concluding episode of the landmark PBS series “Fabric of the Cosmos,” premiering in November 2011. His 2009 film “Hubble’s Amazing Rescue” documents the final mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Rush spent over two years and made 27 trips around the country following the astronauts and engineers as they planned, practiced, and executed the mission. The film earned a Silver Chris Award, CINE Golden Eagle, and a Writers Guild nomination.
Rush also directed and wrote “Failure Is Not An Option” and “Beyond the Moon,” which together tell the behind the scenes story of the engineers of NASA’s Mission Control. The NY Times hailed “Beyond the Moon” as a “startlingly frank depiction of the soul of an extraordinary human undertaking,” and “Failure” received the Columbus International Film Festival’s Silver Chris Award and a CINE Golden Eagle.
Rush also wrote and produced the Nova special “Hitler's Lost Sub” for PBS, which was the genesis for the bestselling book “Shadow Divers.” That film received the Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Television Documentary Writing, and the International Documentary Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award. His work has also been honored with a George F. Peabody Award and numerous Emmy nominations.
Prior to becoming a documentary filmmaker, Rush spent twenty years as a musician and music producer. After dropping out of college for 12 years, he returned to Brown University and graduated with an Honors degree in History and American Civilization. He continues to compose and produce music, and has scored numerous television documentaries.
Jed Rauscher joined Lone Wolf Documentary Group within a week of setting foot in Maine in 2002. Since then, he's been fortunate to run audio, online edit, act in period costume, direct, create motion graphics, supervise, edit, produce, wear tights (don't ask) and get sea sick on more than a few shoots. His work has taken him to the cenotes of Mexico, off the rocky coast of Newfoundland, deep under the Mediterranean in a nuclear submarine, to the clean room at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and up and down the US East Coast on sea and on land.
Jed's editing highlights include Dirty Bomb, Pocahontas Revealed and Nova Science Now! for WGBH/NOVA, Conquest of America, Titanic's Final Moments, Desperate Crossing, and Underwater Universe: Seven Deadly Seas for The History Channel, as well as Dirty Bomb Attack for National Geographic Channel and Horse Sense for Soldiers for Discovery Military. In addition to several co-producing credits, he produced and directed Pineland for the Libra Foundation in addition to 21st Century Submarine for National Geographic. Jed also edited and acted as supervising editor for nine episodes over five seasons of the popular History Channel series Deep Sea Detectives.
In 2010, Jed was Supervising Producer for four episodes of the limited series Underwater Universe: Deadly Forces for History. He's been a part of countless national award winning projects over the years, including the independent film The Rivals.
Jed lives in South Portland with his wife, two young daughters and aptly named dog Moxie.
Emily Bernhard began working with Lone Wolf as one of the lead producers on the Deep Sea Detectives series. Since then, she has traveled the world producing, directing and writing for HISTORY, NOVA scienceNow! and National Geographic on topics ranging from extreme caving and diving to deadly bacteria and wounded soldiers returning from Iraq. Most recently, she completed an episode for National Geographic's Naked Science series on a startling ancient Greek artifact called the Antikythera Mechanism and produced an animated calling card for The Alliance for Global Good.
Also, Emily has created a broad range of award-winning documentaries for independent producers, broadcasters and charitable organizations, including PBS, Telemark Films, The Tennis Channel and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Emily studied Dramatic Literature and Writing at UC Santa Cruz and now lives in Portland, Maine. When she's not working on documentaries, Emily is raising a son and caring for an elderly dog.
Owen Palmquist most recently served as co-producer on "The World's Oldest Child," a special produced by Lone Wolf for the National Geographic Channel. As a producer and writer he has traveled throughout Africa and Europe as well as extensive production in the United States. Prior to joining the Lone Wolf team he was based in Washington, D.C. where he produced and wrote films for PBS, NOVA, TruTV, and the National Geographic Channel. His recent run of archeological films stems from his background in science programming though he occasionally takes a break in favor of "crime" documentary, such as the 2009 Emmy-nominated PBS Special "Illicit: The Dark Trade."
This work is hard. This work is incredibly, impossibly hard. I don't say that as a grab for sympathy or admission of oft being overwhelmed by the process, but as an honest appraisal of how difficult it is to do this work and do it well. If you're reading this, then chances are you work in the documentary field. If you work in the documentary field, then chances are you might understand what its like to race to fedex, all the while thinking about how badly this speeding ticket could suck. Have suddenly been aware that the birds are singing, its light out, and despite working all night you still have a ton to accomplish before the cut goes out. Are familiar with the anxiety that happens when sitting in your hotel room at 1am the night before a big shoot, triple checking that you haven't forgotten anything on your questions list. Have missed out on a family gathering or night out with friends because you're deadline was looming. And have watched your show as it airs on television, not seeing the incredible achievement that a documentary can represent, instead focusing solely on every pacing mistake, missed edit opportunity, ugly blemish.
Yet, if you're reading this, then you also might understand the exhilaration of being in the same room with some of our planet's shining lights: Those individuals whom we get to interview who's achievements are shaping the human condition. If you're reading this then you might know the rush of making the deadline because you're part of a kickass team, or the joy of making people laugh at 11pm when there's still hours of work to come. You might know the thrill of being allowed access to places normally reserved for those with top-security clearance, or the connection that is formed when you film someone crying. If you're reading this, hopefully you understand why its all worth it.
This work is hard. This work is incredibly, impossibly hard. And I can't imagine doing anything else. See www.baconpost.com for resume and examples of work.
Bailey, an honors graduate from Mary Washington College with degrees in Business Administration and Economics, joined Lone Wolf in 2004 entering on the total immersion plan: Working on location as a production assistant, logging tapes in the edit room, even running to the office supply store.
It was a year learning the business of the film business and assisting the current Business Manager. In early 2005, Chris assumed the position of Business Manager and has proved his versatility in all facets of managing a small business from operational to legal, to financial.
In 2009, after holding the Business Manager position for four years, the responsibility for overseeing all on-going programs was added to Bailey's duties, and with it came the title of Managing Director.
Bailey recently added the Golden Retriever, Hero, to his life in an effort to make his house more of a home. With the new bundle of fluff also came stains, bugs and a seemingly endless supply of dog hair. Bailey is currently looking for a house.
Daniel joined Lone Wolf Documentary Group in 2006 after graduating from the University of Southern Maine where he studied Video Production and Design as well as Media Writing. Daniel has numerous Production Assistant credits with Lone Wolf and has served as Associate Producer on shows such as CITY UNDER THE SEA, KILLER SUBS IN PEARL HARBOR, and FINCH BRAINS. Production of "The Rivals" gave Dan the opportunity to try his hand at Producing, recording audio in the field, as well as editing.
As Director of Development Dan helps to coordinate meetings and assists in the production of pitch materials all the while keeping his ears open for new opportunities and exciting developments in the business.
In addition to his work with Lone Wolf Documentary Group, Daniel is editing his passion project "Hardwater: A Maine Ice Fishing Tale", and aims to have a rough cut done by September. When not working on films Dan enjoys playing disc golf and competitive kick ball. He lives in Portland with his girlfriend and their two kitties.
Ever since earning his electrical engineering degree, Tim Johnston has been finding ways to apply his electronics prowess to the arts. After being Tech Director for a dance company, starting his own sketch comedy group, doing programming for psychological experiments, being a product designer, a lighting tech, and a roadie, Tim really cut his production teeth as a grip and camera op in New York. After finally formalizing his production skills spending a year at NESCOM, Tim came to Lone Wolf in 2010, and quickly worked his way up to Post Production Supervisor, where he currently manages workflow and can't get enough of spending time on computers.
Tim lives at home with no computers and a record player.
Britt joined the Lone Wolf team in the winter of 2007 bringing a combined love of numbers and filmmaking. Back in 2003, with a degree in accounting and many years of bookkeeping under her belt, Britt threw caution to the wind left her Colorado home of nearly 10 years and moved out to LA to make movies.
Two years and hundreds of hours on set later, she knew she loved the business, but not in LA. She moved back East to her roots and picked up where she left off - crunching numbers...never imagining that there would be a great job at a documentary film company right in her new back yard! Now she manages to keep the books balanced while still getting fairly regular time on set as well - a perfect balance all around!
Since first working with Lone Wolf in 2004, Ryan has brought his film, graphic, and technical talents to bear on projects for national PBS, History, Smithsonian Channel, Science Channel, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, and the National Park Service, among others. His editing credits include "Mystery Sub" and "Sputnik Declassified" (CINE Golden Eagle recipient) for PBS science series NOVA, several episodes of Deep Sea Detectives for History, short film "Walk On By" directed by Lisa Wolfinger, and independent documentary feature The Rivals directed by Kirk Wolfinger. In 2008 he collaborated with Watching Place Productions to edit and author Language Keepers, a seven DVD set funded by the National Science Foundation to document the endangered Passamaquoddy language.
At the beginning of 2010 Ryan seized an opportunity to expand into 3D, working with the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to develop and implement 3D post-production workflows. That fall he joined Premier Exhibition's expedition to the wreck of Titanic, consulting on and operating the shipboard 2D and 3D recording and archival systems. Most recently Ryan was supervising and online editor for several short films for 3net, the new 3D channel by Discovery, Sony and IMAX.
Heeth is in his eighth year of affiliation with Lone Wolf, arriving from with diverse experience including stints as a scuba divemaster and fire-boat pilot. A graduate of College of the Atlantic's teacher education program, Heeth seeks projects that inform as well as entertain. His clients include History, PBS and National Geographic. He lives in Portland and laments the fact that his lobster boat hasn't seen the water in 4 years.
A Penn State alum, Adam is an experienced field producer who has also turned roles as a writer, editor, production manager, and Post Production Supervisor since entering the industry in 2002. Adam is also an accomplished still photographer who has been putting those talents to work as a camera operator. Adam's recent work includes writing and producing credits on Science Channel's Speed Science, and the in-production telescope project for Discovery Channel. Adam is also producing a motor racing documentary about the 2011 running of the Targa Newfoundland under his own banner, No Scurvy Media. Previously, he has worked on shows for Discovery Channel, Nova, HGTV, DIY Network, Science Channel, and The History Channel.
Adam lives in Portland's East End with his wife, Tracy.
Jared has been a part of the Lone Wolf team since 2008. In that time he has nurtured an enduring passion for motion design, earning his Adobe Certified Expert credential in 2009 and producing an ever-expanding body of work for Lone Wolf's clients, as well as for local filmmaking troupe Bonfire Films.
In 2011 Jared created over one hundred clips for History's four-hour miniseries Underwater Universe, including ocean wave simulations, infographics and other interiors. In 2010 he worked as a rotoscope artist, compositor, and motion design generalist for the historic Science Channel special Creating Synthetic Life, as well as their recent one-hour special, Speed Science. For National Geographic, he contributed rotoscoping, main title design and VFX generalist duties for Star Clock BC, 21st Century Stealth Sub and Living On the Moon.
Jared currently resides in picturesque Portland, Maine, with his partner Liz and a moody, enormous cat named Hulk.
Franklin, a Maine native, joined Lone Wolf Documentary Group in 2010 after earning his Video Production degree from the University of Southern Maine. Quickly introduced to the world of television editing, he took up the Assistant Editor position. Among the shows Franklin has worked on are "21st Century Stealth Sub", "Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes", and the recent "Underwater Universe" mini-series. Aside from his work with Lone Wolf Documentary Group, Franklin produces independent films and also animated shorts. His animation "Eternity" was shown at Maine's Film Chowdah in 2010 where it received the "Best Film" award.