The Wild

Fisherman/filmmaker, Mark Titus returns to the wilds of Alaska, where the people of Bristol Bay and its storied salmon runs face their greatest challenge.



Mark Titus
Writer, Director

Mark Titus ( is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of August Island Pictures in Seattle. Since 2004, Mark Titus has written and directed brand films for clients like: Amazon, Microsoft, The Nature Conservancy, T-Mobile and the United Nations Development Programme. As a filmmaker, Mark Titus has directed and produced short films since 2003. In 2014 Mark Titus helmed THE BREACH – an award-winning feature documentary about wild salmon. THE BREACH screened at 25+ international film festivals and in 2015 completed a 20-city national theatrical tour across The United States. THE BREACH is now available worldwide on VOD and disc. Through his storytelling, Mark carries the message that humanity has an inherent need for wildness - and to fulfill that need we have a calling to protect wild places and wild things. Mark Titus is currently directing THE WILD – a new feature documentary examining the fate of Bristol Bay, Alaska and its storied wild salmon runs. THE WILD is set for release in 2018.

Instagram: @augustisland
Twitter: @AugustIsland


John W. Comerford

John Comerford ( is a producer of cross-platform content. He is principal at Paradigm Studio and has served on both the boards of the Northwest Film Forum and SIFF. John teaches producing as an adjunct professor at Seattle University in addition to year round board duties with musical non-profit presenters Earshot Jazz and The Jazz Bakery. The broadcast community is also home to advisory council duties at NPR affiliate KNKX. John graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he was mentored by experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage and documentarian Jerry Aronson, earning degrees in Psychology and Film Studies. His work includes the award winning coming-of-age drama AROUND THE FIRE, the critically acclaimed documentary series ICONS AMONG US: JAZZ IN PRESENT TENSE and wildlife conservation documentary THE BREACH. Presently, Paradigm Studio has produced and is to release a narrative account of a well documented mass-shooting entitled WALLFLOWER along with sports/politics/culture documentary LYNCH: A HISTORY. John’s films have been exhibited and distributed by Showtime, StarzEncore, Public Television, Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon, American Film Institute, South by Southwest, Seattle International Film Festival and the Cannes Film Market.


Leah Warshawski
Impact Producer

Leah Warshawski ( specializes in producing/directing documentary-style features, television shows, commercials, and branded content in remote parts of the world. She has a BA in Japanese language and began her film career in Hawaii, working in the marine department for major features and shows including Lost and Hawaii. Current feature doc projects include BIG SONIA, PERSONHOOD, THE PRISON WITHIN, as well as consulting with filmmakers about outreach, marketing and hybrid distribution plans. Leah has worked with TEDx Twin Falls and TEDx Sun Valley, and co-founded a "LinkedIn" for Rwandan filmmakers.

Instagram: @inflatablefilm
Facebook: bigsoniamovie / inflatablefilm


Brian Newman
Creative Consultant

Brian Newman ( founder of Sub-Genre, consults on content development, financing, distribution and marketing to help connect brands and filmmakers with audiences. Clients include: Patagonia, New York TimesSonosSundanceVulcan Productions and Zero Point Zero. Brian is the producer of LOVE & TAXES, THE OUTSIDE STORY, THE WILD, and executive producer of Shored Up. Brian has served as CEO of the Tribeca Film Institute, and is on the board of IndieCollect, and the advisory board of the Camden International Film Festival.


Todd Soliday
Graphic Design

Todd Soliday ( is a 30-year veteran storyteller:  in the field, behind the camera, and in front of the edit screen. Avid Outdoor Adventurer, Gear-Head, Gear-Hauler, and Spirit Sherpa, he is a Principal and the true Craftsman at Inflatable Film, a full service film and video production company based in Seattle & Sun Valley, Idaho.  

When not Directing, Filming, Editing, Animating or Post-Supervising, Todd is packing the hard cases and chasing his Director/Producer wife, Leah Warshawski, around the planet. Or chopping wood for her.

Todd was the Director of Motion Graphics on Mark Titus’ previous film, The Breach.

Instagram: @solidtoddo
Twitter: @bigsoniamovie
Facebook: @bigsoniamovie
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David Parfit

David Parfit ( is a trained composer with a Master in Music Technology degree from New York University and a passion for exploring non-traditional sounds. Known for his easy-going demeanour, technological expertise, and creative approach, David has created scores that have been heard around the world in theatres, on TV (CBC, BBC, ABC, ESPN, National Geographic, and others), and on the Internet.

Instagram: @deepaaar


Leah Andrews
Assistant Editor

Leah Andrews ( is a 2013 Seattle Film Institute graduate. She started her own business, Reel Quick Productions, in 2014 and is currently working with Eric Frith at Byrd Productions as an assistant editor on multiple feature-length films. 

Instagram: @reelquickproductions


Eric Firth

Eric creates films that have been acquired for domestic and international distribution by Miramax, Netflix, Dream Entertainment, Cinema Management Group, Off the Fence, Independent Lens, American Masters PBS and the SyFy network. These works have also screened at top festivals including Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), South by Southwest (SXSW), Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), and scores of other festivals around the world winning 18 Best Film/Documentary awards, 12 Audience Awards, in addition to a Social Justice Award and an International Humanitarian Award.

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They provide the following services. Marketing and PR. Social Media and Content Strategy Analytics. Video and film production, editing, and distribution. Script review. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) production including promo spots for brand and product engagement.

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