Lone Wolf Media is an independent production company with a long-standing reputation for developing and producing award-winning programming across a wide variety of genres. Founded in 1997 by Kirk and Lisa Wolfinger, Lone Wolf Media has grown to become a leader in factual entertainment. From high-end expedition specials to action-packed reality, to prime time docudrama, their programs represent the best in nonfiction film. Recently, Lone Wolf media moved into original scripted drama by partnering with Scott Free Productions to produce Mercy Street, PBS’s first original drama series in over a decade.
Lives in the Balance, which is funding this documentary, is the non-profit organization founded by child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene. Lives in the Balance aims to foster collaboration and empathy, transform lives, and inspire change for all children (especially the most vulnerable), to heighten awareness of the detrimental and counterproductive effects of punitive interventions, and to address the systemic issues that impede our progress. The mission of Lives in the Balance is to provide vital, accessible resources and programs to caregivers of behaviorally challenging kids; to bring the plight of these kids into the public consciousness; to address the systemic issues that cause many of these kids to slip through the cracks; and to promote parenting and disciplinary practices that foster the better side of human nature in all children. Please visit the Lives in the Balance website at www.livesinthebalance.org.
Lisa Quijano Wolfinger, Producer/Director: Lisa has written, produced, directed and supervised a variety of films and television programs. She is currently the executive producer of a Mercy Street, with co-creator David Zabel. She has worked in a wide range of genres, including historical drama, high-end documentaries, and reality. Notable work includes the critically acclaimed 3-hour docudrama special for History, Desperate Crossing, the Untold Story of the Mayflower, which was nominated for 2 primetime Emmy awards. The 2-hour special, Fire on the Mountain was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy and awarded the CINE Masters Series award. The 90-minute docudrama Witch Hunt was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy, and the docudrama mini-series Conquest of America was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and won a Gold medal at the New York Festival. Lisa was also the series director and senior producer for a 10 part drama series for Discovery about the Revolutionary War titled Forged in Fire. Producing the documentary film The Kids We Lose, is a deeply personal venture for Lisa. As the mother of four sons, one of whom struggles with behavioral challenges, she has felt especially connected to this project. This powerful project has resonated with everyone at Lone Wolf Media; it is difficult not to be moved by a crisis that touches all of us as parents, children, and siblings.
Dr. Ross Greene, Creator and Executive Producer: Dr. Greene is an internationally recognized child psychologist and acclaimed author. Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years and is now founding director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance. His research-based model – called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), and described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings – has revolutionized the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges in a vast array of settings. Dr. Greene’s vast experience in working with kids in these settings is the guiding vision for this film. He is also adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and adjunct professor on the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.
Mika Holliday Lentz is a Producer/Director/Writer/Archivist who has traveled the world making historical, expeditionary, and impactful and award-winning documentaries. “We are throwing our money at the ‘end’ of the problem, instead of solving it when these kids are young. It’s such a tremendous waste of our resources and of these kids’ potential.”
Daniel J. Lyons is an Emmy award-winning freelance documentary television cinematographer and producer. Daniel’s work has encompassed a wide range of topics all over the world—some scientific, others educational and political in scope. “Everyone knows one of these kids, but few people really know how their behavior creates a cascade of bad outcomes.”
Tony Bacon is an Emmy award-winning documentary Editor/Director/Producer. “I’m incredibly proud to be a part of this film. Some people assume these kids are getting the treatment they deserve. Our film shows the sweet moments of their childhoods and reminds us all they are just kids. And, they are kids who most need our help.”
Christine Boutureira Lyons is a freelance Associate Producer, researcher, and writer. As a former classroom teacher and parent to two boys, she was naturally drawn to working on The Kids We Lose. “It’s so important that we recognize that all kids want to be ‘good’ and want to behave. Some just lack the skills they need to do so.”
John Stirratt is a bassist, multi-instrumentalist and producer, best known for his work in the acclaimed rock band Wilco, which he co-founded with Jeff Tweedy in 1994. Stirratt is also one half of the duo The Autumn Defense, records and plays with Ray Lamontagne, and scores films with Paul Pilot under the name TreeFarm. John Stirratt and Paul Pilot have worked closely scoring several films together most notably, the documentary Finding Oscar (2017), executive produced by Steven Spielberg. A commitment to and engagement with children’s causes drew him to participating in The Kids We Lose.
Paul Pilot has worked closely with John Stirratt scoring several films together, under the name TreeFarm. Most notably, the documentary Finding Oscar (2017), executive produced by Steven Spielberg.