Multi award winning filmmaker Mikki Willis is a virtuoso of positive energy and talent that spans mediums. He developed his writing and directing skills as a member of a prestigious theater group. Mentored by veterans, he directed weekly stage readings featuring legends of stage and screen. In the early 90s he founded and directed the New York/Los Angeles Theatre of the Arts. Concurrently, Mikki formed Reign Dance Entertainment, a production company that specialized in direct response television.
As a director Mikki Willis is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work in Spanish-language music videos. In 1997 he wrote and directed his feature début, “Shoe Shine Boys,” a festival hit, winning several ‘best film, best director, and audience awards.’ In 2007 Mikki was selected by Steven Spielberg to direct the short drama “Deeper.” His first literary work, “A Song From the Heart,” was produced by CBS and named “Critic’s Pick” by the New York Times.
September 11th, 2001 marked the turning point in Mikki’s life and career. Having been inside the twin towers just hours before they fell, he helped to organize and lead a group of civilians who risked their lives to aid rescue workers. On his return to Los Angeles he began laying the foundation for what is now one of the most respected movements to emerge from Hollywood. Mikki is currently the founding director of Elevate Films, Elevate Foundation, and Elevate Film Festival, which challenges the international film community to create works of social and global importance. Mikki Willis is the recipient of the 2008 Conscious Life Humanitarian Award.
In 2013 Mikki 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. Currently, Mikki Willis is putting the finishing touches on his latest feature length documentary entitled Be Brave.