Timothy Wolfer is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker who began his career as an intern for a Northern Indiana PBS station, ultimately working as Director of Photography, Editor, Producer, and Director for a variety of local programs. Hurricane Katrina served as his introduction to documentary filmmaking, culminating in three trips to storm-ravaged Mississippi and New Orleans to document the people and their plight. While in college, he completed an internship with Francis Ford Coppola's company, American Zoetrope, working as a production assistant on Sofia Coppola's film "Somewhere."
Wolfer has traveled extensively, spending three months in Mozambique filming humanitarian efforts, such as the construction of churches, establishing schools, and drilling water wells for the locals. This was followed by freelance productions in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Costa Rica, China, Kenya, Uganda, and South Sudan. The January 12, 2010, earthquake outside Porta-au-Prince, Haiti, inspired Wolfer to film the struggles of the local Maison des Enfants de Dieu orphanage. Hitchhiking into Port-au-Prince, and living solely off of what he could carry in his backpack, Wolfer documented the battle and ultimate evacuation of 130 orphans from Haiti and their eventual resettlement in the United States. The resulting documentary "Adopting Haiti" was released January 2011 on Hulu.com and has been screened at several film festivals and humanitarian events around the world. The film went on to receive attention on CNN.com, win the San Diego IndieFest "Best Documentary" and a silver "Telly Award". Most recently he has been partnering with the Hospice Foundation on a film called "Road to Hope," telling the stories of children caring for terminally ill parents, another film about helicopter pilots flying aid missions to typhoon victims in the Philippines, and an Emmy award-winning TV show for the Chicago PBS about ideas that can impact the world. Timothy serves as the show's international producer.