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Starhawk is the author of The Fifth Sacred Thing and twelve other books, including the prequel, Walking to Mercury, her feminist spirituality classic The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, and her latest, The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups. She has written, consulted and coproduced five feature documentaries for the National Film Board of Canada and her own company, Belili Productions. She directs Earth Activist Trainings, which offer training in permaculture and ecological design with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing for activists and inner city youth. She recently finished the sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing after a successful Kickstarter, titled City of Refuge.
Maya Lilly is the recipient of the Udall Congressional Award for her work using theatre and film as environmental activism. She was the first alumni of her college to receive this award.
She is a film producer, trained actor, playwright, and musician. She was one of only 7 women accepted into the Acting program at Juilliard, alongside contemporaries such as Anthony Mackie, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Carpenter, Glenn Howerton, Sam Witwer, Michael Urie, Traci Thoms, Lee Pace, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Reaser, and Oscar Issac.
Most recently, Maya produced Amazon’s first ever documentary with a theatrical release, premiering in Jan. 2017. Wealth: the Influence of Affluence was directed by Sundance, Emmy and Clio award-winning Lauren Greenfield (Queen of Versailles, Always’ Like a Girl). The film on how wealth shifts our moral compass was shot around the world. With Mikki Willis, she also recently produced two Bernie Sanders web spots with Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson, Kendrick Sampson, and Nomiki Kontz. She was one of the producers of the Elevate Film Festival in Los Angeles, which created over 25 films and was the first company to sell the smash success, The Secret. She also helped produce the Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles. Maya was also integral in the creation of a documentary about the Gulf BP Oil Spill called The Big Fix. She is excited to be co-producing the film version of the critically acclaimed popular novel The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk. (www.mayalilly.com)
You might recognize Mikki from the viral video, Dad Buys Son a Doll. He is the founder of Elevate; a production company on a mission, Elevate is one of the most prolific creators of socially conscious media. As a filmmaker, Mikki has been granted rare access into the minds and hearts of world re-known philosophers, scientists, physicists, doctors, authors, shamans, and human development experts. As a director, he has helmed numerous award winning and record setting productions, including theatrical features, network television specials, commercials, and music videos for platinum artists. In 2006, Mikki’s passion for uniting creatives inspired the birth of “Elevate Film Festival.” In less than three years the festival earned the title of “the world’s largest single screen film event,” hosting up to 6,000 people per screening; filling prestigious arenas such as, The Kodak Theater, The Pasadena Civic, and The Nokia L.A. Live. In 2011, Mikki received the Conscious Life Humanitarian Award, and named a member of the Transformational Leadership Counsel. In 2013 he co-created a breakthrough blended learning program for Harvard Westlake; which is currently being integrated into the curriculum of 3500 high schools. In 2014 he co-directed the documentary, Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines. In 2015 -2016 Mikki is completing Be Brave, his latest feature length documentary. Mikki and his wife Nadia are creating “Elevate Family”, a new online platform for kids and parents, and live with their two sons Azai and Zuri.
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We are beyond grateful to all the people who have put their precious time into this project.
Mouse is a lifetime creative: record producer, engineer, DJ since 1985, editor, and filmmaker. He was a remix engineer at Prince’s Paisley Park Studios, and during the 1990s was in the audio and editorial departments at Red Shoes Productions in Hollywood, creating music videos for clients including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Erykah Badu as well as dozens of others. He was a founding member of Advanced Multimedia Operatives (AMMO), San Francisco’s hottest underground video collective. His feature-length documentary is called Electronic Awakening.
Paradox Pollack is a movement choreographer. He was a co-founder of both Dream Circus and Mystic Family Circus (San Francisco). He created shows for Cirque Du Soleil, and did movement for the films I Am Legend, Thor, and Snow White and the Huntsman.
Andie Grace is a film distribution and PR professional and entrepreneur residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the VP of Acquisitions and Head Cheerleader at Devolver Digital Films, the indie film distribution arm of Austin, TX video game giant Devolver Digital. Andie spent 12 years on the executive staff at Burning Man as the event’s Communications Manager and global Regional Network Manager.
Katy Bell is an event coordinator and connector extraordinaire who has helped with Fifth Sacred in a million ways, particularly with the tv scripts.