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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 a Producer of activist media for film, tv, and digital media, and Executive Producer of The Fifth Sacred Thing. She is the recipient of the Udall Congressional Award for her work using theatre and film as environmental activism. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and an M.A. in Environmental Security and Peace from the United Nations.
Maya currently writes and produces for The Years Project, with the Emmy-
winning team of Years of Living Dangerously. They have the largest online following for climate change media next to Greenpeace, and regularly get millions of views.
Most recently, Maya produced Amazon’s first ever theatrically-released documentary, Generation Wealth was directed by Sundance, Emmy and Clio award-winning Lauren Greenfield (Queen of Versailles, Always’ Like a Girl). She also recently produced for Pulse Films/Vice for a docuseries called Resist, following members of Black Lives Matter, and was a Story and Field Producer for Finding Justice, a BET tv show collaborating with Dwayne The Rock Johnson’s production company, Seven Bucks. The show was about the activists and organizers in black communities fighting injustices around the country. And she recently started an influencer channel, @GunghoEco, on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. It’s about daily inspiration to be all-in for the planet. Go Green or go Home. (www.mayalilly.com)
Producer Zak Kilberg launched Social Construct in 2010, with the intention of exploring socially relevant and meaningful themes, in order to bring engaging stories to the screen, while providing commercial success for independent filmmakers and investors. Kilberg is primarily focused on IP acquisition and development financing for a variety of new projects and ventures. His current slate includes the NY Times Bestseller Guantanamo Diary, which is being developed with Benedict Cumberbatch and Oscar-winning director Kevin MacDonald; the New York Times’ “Best Book of the Year” Say Her Name, with producer Bill Horberg and the Oscar-winning company Fabula Films; Black Wall Street with director Tim Story; and many others. Kilberg is also developing a slate of branded TV series projects with a variety of producing partners, including Tim Kring (Heroes), Bruce Cohen (Pushing Daisies), Escape Artists (Equalizer franchise), and Bad Robot (WestWorld).
Kilberg’s completed projects have been acquired by top studios and distributors worldwide, including Universal, Lionsgate, Entertainment One, HBO, Showtime, The Orchard, IFC, and more. Kilberg also produced the short film L TRAIN, from Executive Producer Alexander Payne, which was an official selection at Sundance, winning the “Women in Film” grant for director Anna Musso.
You might recognize Mikki from the viral video, Dad Buys Son a Doll. He is the founder of Elevate, one of the more 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 2014 he co-directed the documentary, Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines.
Team and Community
We are beyond grateful to all the people who have put their precious time into this project. Community is everything.
Phillip “Mouse” Wood 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. She is one of the OG team members of Burning Man.
Katy Bell is an event coordinator and connector extraordinaire who has helped with Fifth Sacred in a million ways, particularly with the tv scripts.