A short film about one man who must save the Earth...by killing 90% of the people on it.
Jon D. Wagner
Los Angeles, California
United States
6 Team Members

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WILDFIRES: What's it about?

WILDFIRES is a short film set in the not too distant future. The Earth has become an overpopulated and polluted wasteland. As it heads towards destruction, mankind is ravaged by a devastating plague that is spreading like wildfire, killing 90% of the population. 

When a cure for the disease is discovered, an underground group of radical intellectuals and militant environmentalists decide that putting out the wildfire isn't the way to save humanity. They believe that just like a wildfire in any ecosystem, the disease is the Earth's way of healing itself.

BEN, one of the lucky few who has the genetic immunity to the disease, is recruited to travel back in time to eliminate the scientist before he can develop the cure. When Ben comes face to face with the man he must kill, he has to decide what is more important: the lives of the billions of people he'll be condemning to death, or the future of Earth.


We're setting out to make an ambitious, thought provoking, and entertaining film where the line between right and wrong is anything but clear. We believe this is the type of sci-fi film that fans want to see. 

Sci-fi, done well, is an expensive genre with certain hard costs. Our production design needs to be detailed in order to sell the reality of the future. We need unique sets, props, wardrobe, and special effects in order to manufacture a world that viewers will believe. We also have a great old building near downtown Los Angeles where we'll be shooting 90% of the film, and we'll need to pay for a location fee and permits.

Finally, while WILDFIRES is a product of passion for the fimmakers, we want to pay our highly skilled and professional cast and crew a modest rate for the hard work they'll be putting in on the film (and be able to feed everyone decently!).


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Jon D. Wagner

JON D. WAGNER -- Writer/Director

Jon has been writing and directing in Los Angeles since 2005. His directing credits include the feature film The Anniversary at Shallow Creek, and he has directed numerous short films, web series, and music videos. He has been an avid fan of all things Sci-fi since he was a  kid. Check out Jon's: IMDB, Facebook, Website

Sam IngraffiaSAM INGRAFFIA -- Producer

Sam's decades long career as a writer and producer has garnered him a prolific list of credits that includes feature films, episodic television, network pilots, two HBO comedy specials,  and numerous internet series. Check out Sam's: IMDB, Website



Chad Courtney

CHAD COURTNEY -- Cinematographer

Chad is a talented cinematographer who has been creating unique and stunning films since he first picked up a camera in gradeschool. His work includes the feature film House of Bad, numerous web series and popular viral internet videos, short films, and commericals for a variety of clients, incuding his recent commercial for the Xbox 360. Check out Chad's: IMDB


RD Call


RD's impressive career spans over four decades, winning him wide acclaim for his ability to play all types of characters. He's been featured in countless television series and feature films, with notable roles in Babel, Last Man Standing, and Waterwold to name a few. He was most recently seen guest starring on USA's Burn Notice. Check out RD's: IMDB, Website

Damian Maffei


Damian has been steadily increasing his profile and gaining recognition as a talented actor, on both the screen and the stage. Fans of Horror and Sci-Fi will know him from features like Closed for the Season and the upcoming, much anticipated feature adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's Christmas with the Dead. He has also starred in numerous stage productions in both LA and NY.Check out Damian's: IMDB


Dean Haglund as Dr. GodwinDEAN HAGLUND as DR. GODWIN

A talented actor, comedian, and artist, Dean is probably best known to sci-fi fans for his nine seasons playing Langly, one of the computer geeks known as “The Lone Gunmen” from the hit FOX TV series The X-Files. Dean has appeared in a string of films and TV series, and most recently Executive Produced and starred in the documentary "The Truth is Out There." Check out Dean's: IMDB, Website


Thanks for checking out WILDFIRES! We hope you can share the link, or consider becoming part of the WILDFIRES team by contributing to the campaign.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send us a message through Indiegogo, or contact Jon directly at jondwagner@yahoo.com.


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This campaign ended on April 6, 2013
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  • $10USD
    The Band-Aid

    You get a shout out on Facebook and a downloadable WILDFIRES wallpaper for your computer or your smart phone.

    17 out of 300 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $25USD
    The Survival Kit

    For $25, you get a special shout out on Facebook, plus a digital download of the poster and access to view the completed film on Vimeo once it's completed... BEFORE it premieres anywhere else.

    34 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $50USD
    The Procrastinator

    This perk has just been added, at the last minute (Get it? Procrastinator...). For everyone who wants to contribute more than $25, but thinks that $75 is too high... well this is perfect. You get the Facebook shout out, a digital download of the poster, AND an official collectable WILDFIRES thank you postcard signed by either the director or one of the cast members (or if you're lucky... all of them!).

    1 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $75USD
    The Vaccine

    You get everything that comes in the survival kit, PLUS a signed copy of the script (signed by the cast, director, producer, and other crew members).

    9 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $100USD
    The Last Stand/ Signed T-shirt

    At this level, you get everything above, plus a "Christmas with the Dead" T-shirt signed by CWTD and WILDFIRES star Damian Maffei. Who doesn't want that!? "Christmas with the Dead" is the much anticipated new feature based on the novella by Joe R. Lansdale (the creator of the cult sensation "Bubba Ho-tep"). Zombes. Christmas. Wildfires. WINNING! The T-Shirt is ONLY included with this perk, not with any higher levels... so act fast!

    2 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $125USD
    The signed X-Files DVD

    At this level, you not only get the benefit of the Survival Kit, The Procrastinator, and the Vaccine... You also get a copy of the entire Lone Gunmen series dvd, OR any season of the X-Files or the first X-Files movie (Fight the Future).... signed by an actual Lone Gunmen: Dean Haglund (Ringo Langly on both The X-Files and The Lone Gunmen). The signed dvd is ONLY included at this perk level, and not with any of the higher levels, so grab it while you can!

    1 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $150USD
    The Painkillers

    You not only get the Survival Kit and the Vaccine Perks, but you also get a WILDFIRES T-shirt, a DVD copy of the film, and signed autographs from the cast.

    1 out of 75 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $300USD
    The Quarantine

    You get all of the above, PLUS you get to be a dying (or dead) plague victim in the film. Travel and accommodations aren't included, but bloody pustules and tattered wardrobe are! If you can't be there in person, we'll work a photo of you (or loved one of your choice) into the set dressing.

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $500USD
    The Antidote

    Not only do you get all of the above, but you also get a groovy WILDFIRES hoodie that you can wear to the wrap party and premiere!

    1 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Special Agent

    At this level, you of course get all of the above, and will also become an Associate Producer on WILDFIRES. You'll be listed as such on IMDB, in the credits, and can brag to all your friends about your new hotshot Hollywood status!

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $2,500USD
    Head of the New World Order

    At this level, you are listed as a Producer on IMDB and in the credits and all printed materials. Plus when you go to hob knob at the wrap party and premiere, it will be YOU that everyone else wants to hob knob with!

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $5,000USD
    The Cure

    You not only save the Earth from certain doom, you become an Executive Producer on WILDFIRES. You'll be listed as such on IMDB, in the credits, and all printed materials. The real perk though, is being able to sleep better at night knowing what you've done for mankind.

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
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