THE CREW

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WILLIAM NEAL

WRITER-PRODUCER-DIRECTOR
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Bill has a long list of television credits as a writer, producer, and director. As Executive Producer of the Emmy-nominated bio-doc series E! True Hollywood Story, he developed more than 130 episodes and won 

numerous industry awards, while supervising a staff of 80. Other credits include Unsolved Mysteries for Lifetime Network; the Jerry Bruckheimer production of Profiles from the Frontline for ABC; Rise & Fall 

of The Spartans and Jurassic Fight Club for History Channel; North Mission Road and LA Forensics for 

Investigation Discovery; and The Unexplained for A&E. 

 

Bill is a former college and professional hockey coach and published author. Kirkus Reviews said this about his novel on killer whales, entitled "Rogue Justice": “An action-packed thriller…adrenaline pumping…compelling.” Bill holds an Ed.D. degree and lives in Park City, UT with his two rescue cats.

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RACHEL WEIL

PRODUCER
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Rachel is a producer for film and digital media, as well as a multi-award-winning media specialist. She has been honored as PR Professional of the Year in Los Angeles, and in 2017 her company, Weil Public Relations, won Best International PR & Communications Firm. Rachel has been working in the animal arena for more than 20 years, changing laws in the U.S. as well as working across the globe to assist with animals in captivity. From wrangling celebrities to save hundreds of monkeys from cruel experiments, to arranging the free broadcast of PSAs in a dozen countries, she is a tireless advocate for animals in need. 

 

Rachel holds a BS in Communication, Sciences, and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her two rescue dogs.

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JUNE MILLER

SOUND DESIGN
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A multiple award-winning Sound Designer and Mixer, June has worked on more than 450 hours of television shows, airing on Discovery, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Animal Planet, History, and A&E, along with numerous features and documentaries. Her work as a self-described “Sound Dog” is considered the gold standard in the industry. She is passionate about climate change, wildlife protection, and keeping our oceans and waters clean; and is dedicated to help raise people’s awareness about the cruelty of holding whales and dolphins in captivity. 

 

June is also an avid hiker and can be found on trails in the SF Bay Area, rain or shine, communing with nature. “Animals speak with their hearts,” she says. “They feel your emotions. If you are a kind person, projecting love, they will come to you and join you energetically.”

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JOSHUA LIGAIRI

CONSULTING PRODUCER
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Joshua Aukai Ligairi began his award-winning directing and producing career with the documentary Cleanflix, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009. In 2011, he co-created Knights of Mayhem, a 6-part mini-series for the National Geographic Channel, and in 2013, he was selected from 1,000s of contestants as a finalist in the documentary competition Pursuit of the Truth, where he placed 1st with the audience and 3rd with judges. Later that year, Ligairi was honored with Utah Valley University's "Distinguished Alumni Award" for work in journalism. Most recently, he served as Assistant Director on the HBO documentary Believer, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018.

 

Ligairi is currently in post-production on Northern Light, a feature documentary that he directed over several years in the Alaskan wilderness. He is also producing the documentary I Go Now, a tribute to late comedian John Pinette.

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MICHELE WOLPE

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
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Michele has over 20 years’ experience in the corporate sector, having led the employee communications function in numerous Fortune 500 companies, including The Walt Disney Company, Barclays Global Investors, DHL Worldwide Express and Charles Schwab. After nearly ten years as Director of Corporate 

Communications for Autodesk in San Francisco, she recently left to pursue new adventures.

Michele holds a Master’s degree in International Management from the Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management, and a BA in French Literature from UC Davis. She is also a certified professional coach, having completed the coaching program at the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara. Michele has served on the Boards of several nonprofits and startups including USA Dance Los Angeles (Vice President); Impact Bay Area (Director) and EvoQ (Advisor).  She is passionate about film and making a difference for vulnerable people and animals.

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RANDALL LOVE

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
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Randall’s feature documentary work includes projects for Lucasfilm and the BBC, and he has shot more than 300 hours of prime time television for network and cable. His work has been honored with over 125 International Awards.Shows include: Washington and His Generals for History Channel, and Moments in Time shot on location in Europe and Morocco. 

Randall has also shot over 400 commercials for such clients as Bank of America, Inglenook Wines, ABC, and Chevrolet. Corporate clients include Microsoft, United Airlines, Apple Computer, and Visa. Further, he developed the world’s first online course in Cinematography for the Academy of Art University. Randy lives in San Rafael, CA.

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KAYTLYN RIDDLE

ASSISTANT EDITOR
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Kaytlyn is a Video Editor, Designer, and Digital Media Specialist working for many different clients in the Utah area. For her education, she received a bachelor’s degree in Digital Cinema from Utah Valley University. Kaytlyn worked on the award-winning TV pilot, The Villa, where she was the head editor.

 

Currently Kaytlyn is doing video editing, digital media, and photography for various enterprise level clients on top of her own individual projects. In her role as Assistant Editor on Long Gone Wild, Kaytlyn worked closely with award-winning editor Lou Wirth, including importing and organizing assets into a project file and syncing multi-cams, coordinating transcript services, and creating and overseeing a database for all footage. She lives in Utah with her husband.

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SHARON McNEILL

PRODUCTION MANAGER
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Sharon McNeill is a photographer, writer, and communications director for the outdoor and resort industry. She has served as marketing director at North American River Runners adventure company; Director of Photography and Publications Editor at American Skiing Company; and Photographer and Photo Editor at Snow Country Magazine. She founded Moonshine Cards, one of the first environmental greeting card companies. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications such as Outside, Skiing, LL Bean, and Park City Magazine; and is the recipient of numerous literary arts fellowships and awards.

 

Sharon has just completed her first novel, a time-traveling adventure featuring a young environmentalist, along with two endangered dugong companions, on a quest to discover her ancient roots.

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WILLIAM ROWAN JR

PRODUCER
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William has been working in the independent film industry for 15 years. He has produced, directed, and written narratives, screenplays, music videos, reality TV sizzle reels, and documentaries. Some of the projects he's worked on include 

Humble PieWhite Rice Wednesday

One Good Man, and the award-winning Cleanflix, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. 

 

William's most recently wrote, directed, and produced a TV pilot, The Villa, and is currently screening it a film festivals across the country.  ​

William holds a degree in Cinema Production and lives in Utah with his wife and four young kids.

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LOU WIRTH

EDITOR
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Lou brings over 30 years of experience as an award-winning television producer, director, and editor to every project. His 

documentary work includes a NorCal  Emmy for editing A Matter of Seconds, and the inspirational documentary 

Running for Jim, chronicling the story of celebrated cross-country coach Jim Tracy and his battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. The film has collected 22 awards at film festivals around the world. Lou’s most recent work is a documentary short, Silver Tsunami, which explores the doomsday scenario of the aging population on our planet.

 

As the recipient of 8 Emmy awards (and 20 Emmy nominations), Lou Wirth is one of the Bay Area’s most sought-after resources for creative visual style and strong production values. Corporate clients include Lucasfilm, Autodesk, Hard Rock, Oracle, Adobe, Cisco, PG&E, and SanDisk. Lou lives in Marin County, California.

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PAT LOFTHOUSE

RESEARCH & CLEARANCE PRODUCER
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Pat brings the world of information to the world of television.

 

As a Television Producer as well as an ALA Accredited Librarian/Information Specialist, Pat harnesses the power of the Internet and a multitude of other resources to generate, develop, and book compelling interviews that inform and persuade. She provides research and cleared elements that render projects unique.

 

Pat has created and produced for A&E, THC, the BBC, Discovery Health, TLC, TLN and the HGTV cable networks, as well as nationally syndicated shows for broadcast. Recent credits include Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise – a 2-hour PBS special for “American Masters;” Mackinaw: Island Without Cars, also for PBS. Pat has helped bring several series to life as well such as American Justice; Biography; The Unexplained; History’s Mysteries; History’s Lost & Found; E! True Hollywood Storyand Aspiring Women.

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MARK WEILER

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/
VFX SUPERVISOR
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Mark is a 25-year veteran of the film industry, having worked as a Producer, Cinematographer, and VFX Supervisor. For the past 15 years, he has been the director of camera and lighting at Lumenas Animation Studios in Salt Lake City. There, he developed an animation pipeline for feature, stop-motion films where he specialized in motion control, motion capture, and high-speed camera work—what he likes to call, “the secret sauce of filmmaking.” Realizing that the future of filmmaking was working in real time in a virtual environment, Mark started “VRFX Utah.” The three year old SLC-based company offers Directors, DPs, and Production designers the opportunity to see their compositions live so they can light to match the digital background.

 

Mark is currently working in Louisiana as the CG Supervisor and UPM for an animated short film about a young St. Nicholas, and how he learns his values to become the icon he is today. Mark’s next project is a live virtual reality interactive show at Treasure Island in Las Vegas. He lives in Salt Lake City.

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