As the founder and CEO of Elevate, Mikki Willis has produced over 200 independent productions, ranging from network television shows and theatrical features, to music videos and viral media. Elevate's initiatives include: PlayItFWD, a revolutionary online distribution platform dedicated to transformational movies and media; Elevate Films, a full-service films and viral media production company; Elevate Film Festival, the world's first international socially conscious filmmaking challenge; theXperience, a new genre of live entertainment designed to elevate consciousness; and Elevate Presents, a live event production/innovation initiative.
9-11, 2001 marked a turning point in Mikki’s life and career. After witnessing the collapse of the twin towers from a neighboring high-rise, he helped to lead a group of civilians who remained in the danger zone for 3 consecutive days in search of survivors. It was atop the rubble of the World Trade Center where his life’s mission was defined. Since then, Mikki has led missions to bring clean water to third-world countries, build homes for the homeless, create schools in Africa, deliver musical equipment to children in war torn territories, support eco-green initiatives, and mentor young filmmakers.