Meet the Production Team


Travis Mills


Travis Mills is one of the most respected and established film producer and directors in Arizona. Since founding Running Wild Films in 2010 with playwright Gus Edwards, he has directed four feature films and over 80 short films. He has also produced music videos, commercials and documentaries. During 2013, Mills took on an incredible challenge: to make 52 short films in 52 weeks. The project wasa success and all 52 films were screened in Phoenix, AZ and then in other states around the country in early 2014. In April, he completed production on his fourth feature, a baseball drama titled Duel at the Mound. The film was shot in nine days, featuring locations around the Phoenix metro area. It will be released in October 2014 and is currently being shopped to distributors. Mills has been influential in the Arizona film community. His goal to build a sustainable film movement that stays local has inspired other filmmakers, actors and production companies. Beyond Durant's Never Closes, Mills is already developing another feature titled Bride of Violence, based on a Lawrence Block short story, and Running Wild's most ambitious project to date: 12 Western feature films in 12 months, to begin production in 2016.

William Long


William Long is a relative new comer to the film industry; however he has quickly become a force in the Arizona film industry and a strong hand at Running Wild Films. His planning and producing skills, along with his creative contributions have proved invaluable during the 52 Films in 52 Weeks project as well as our last feature film Duel at the Mound. Long has spent most of his professional career in retail management for such companies as Jos. A. Bank and Macy’s. He brings nearly twenty years of management and sales experience to Running Wild Films, along with a love of film and storytelling. He has worked both in front of and behind the cam- era, taking it in turn to do the many different jobs that are available on a film set.

James Alire of 5J Media

Sound Mixer/Editor/Designer

James Alire and his company 5J Media has been in collaboration with Running Wild Films for our first five feature films and our 52 Films in 52 Weeks project. He has proven to be the most professional production and post-audio mixer for film in Arizona and we consider his collaboration to be one of our greatest assets as we set out to make films that not only "look" good, but have clean dynamic sound and a powerful soundtrack.

Nick Fornwalt

Director of Photography

Nick works internationally on commercials, music videos, documentaries, reality television, and major motion pictures. With experience working in a variety of shooting conditions and worldwide locations, Nick has developed a broad skill set, tailored to the camera department. He has worked with Running Wild Films as a cinematographer for several of the 52 films in 52 weeks and our last feature Duel at the Mound. Fornwalt’s other credits include camera operation for the History Channel's Ancient Aliens, Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious 7, and working as the director of photography for Happy Little Friend, a feature length documentary shot in Brazil.