| San Francisco Saved By “Batkid”
We are ELEVATE, a little production company on a huge mission. We live to the fullest in Ojai CA., pop. 8000. Positioned one hour North of Los Angeles we're just close enough to play in Hollywood, yet far away enough to create our own game. The game we love most is producing filmed works of art that make us feel good about being human. Our portfolio includes features films, record setting network TV specials, viral media, and music videos for multi-platinum artists. We are totally committed to using the awesome power of movies, music and media to activate real and lasting change - to bridge accent wisdom with modern technology - to share stories that deserve a voice - to champion worthy causes - to amplify the good news of the world - and of course… to ELEVATE!
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20 Nov / San Francisco Saved By “Batkid”


In a world inundated with junk mail and bad news, isn’t it good to know that a small group of committed citizens are working tirelessly to Elevate your inbox?






Bat Kid Saves the Day

A conspiracy of kindness made a wish come true for five-year-old Miles Scott. This little boy has been fighting the battle for his life against Leukemia since he was just one year old. After years of chemotherapy and time in the hospital, the cancer has thankfully gone into remission. Thanks to the support of Make-A-Wish Foundation, Miles got the chance to spend a day fighting crime alongside his hero, Batman. San Francisco turned into the comic book downtown of Gotham City, and thousands of its citizens and cops, came together to cheer the boy as he foiled bad guys like the Riddler and Joker. Fake crimes were set up across the city for the “Bat kid” and his partner Batman to solve.








The Invisible Bicycle Helmet

Design students Anna and Terese took on a giant challenge as an exam project. Something no one had done before. If they could swing it, it would for sure be revolutionary. The bicycle is a tool to change the world. If we use bikes AND travel safe: Life will be better for all.

So how does it work? In a nutshell, it’s not a shell, it’s an air bag — one that’s tucked away in a collar that cyclists fastened around their neck. When the collar’s internal sensors detect a specific combination of jerks and jags signifying “ACCIDENT HAPPENING,” the air bag deploys, sending out a head-hugging, air-cushion hood in a tenth of a second. In tests by a Swedish insurance company, Hovding was shown to be at least three times better at absorbing shock than conventional helmets!






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Mikki On The Air: “Business Rockstars”

My second time on the air with Ken Rutkowski. Once again I walked out of his studio with immeasurable respect for my friend, so much that I just had to share this. He’s as brilliant as he is humble and generous. This man works tirelessly to connect his friends and help grow their dreams. I’ve never seen him ask for anything in return other than the satisfaction of being in service. In turn his own life is abundant in every way. He’s literally a living demonstration of a higher way to live and thrive.

The easiest way to tune into Ken’s awesome radio show Business Rockstars is by downloading the free app iHeartRadio or check out his site HERE

Listen in just once and you will understand why I’m a huge fan of Ken.

Thank you KR! You inspire me…







Be Brave Executive Screening At William Morris

Last week marked the first rough cut screening of Be Brave. The WME (William Morris Endeavor) Agency asked to see the movie first. In turn they provided their state of the art screening room, which was decorated with human pupils, a detail directly related to our movie.

80 people filled out comment cards to help us gage how the film was playing. The response was off the chart! We received so much insightful feedback that we’re now back in the edit bay making inspired changes.

This post-screening photo features our Elevate production team and the Northcott family and friends. Through this intensely wonderful process we’ve merged as one family, just the way Daniel (featured subject of Be Brave) would’ve wanted it!

Stay tuned for more exciting progress and good news!

Love, Mikki and the Be Brave Team…





visions we love


15-Yr-Old Kelvin Doe Wows M.I.T.

15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin and his life-changing journey – experiencing the US for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.





video of the week



What is the Self?

What is the self? It’s a question that by its nature sounds like it would be quite simple to answer, but given the varying degree of perspectives throughout the world, it can also be seen as one of the most profound questions to ever be posed. It is that exact question that the amazing duo of Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo have set out to answer in their 3 minute video entitled ‘What is the Self?’

Mystics in all ages and cultures describe the self as infinite, stable and ever-present phenomena. Modern physics describe the world as a self-moving, self-designing pattern, an undivided wholeness, a dance. We, as a society, relate to the self mostly as an individual, unique, time bound form. Our common sense, as individuals and society, hasn’t caught up with this picture and it still based on long-held biases and stories. The Earth is clearly round but we still act as if it was flat…

We live at the dawn of a scientific revolution, every day brings new findings from a wide range of scientific disciplines about what it means to be human. Modern science now gives us the detailed descriptions of the mechanisms our brain needs to construct what we call the self. Could it be this illusionary image of ourselves as separate beings that is keeping us in this perpetual state of anxiety, scarcity, fear, dissatisfaction and leading us, as a society, at this very delicate point in evolution?






elevate recommends


Connected – A Film For Change

CONNECTED is a film about positive change and incorporates every part of our lives, from the buildings we live in to the food we eat to the way we act. Following the journey of a UK-based family who left their home and travelled across Europe, the film documents their efforts to ask people what kind of future they want to see. This self-funded project takes a look at how issues such as climate change, government, economy, and poverty are all interlinked, and what we, as individuals, can do to alleviate these problems.





featured event



Shine A Light:
A Benefit For Syrian War Refugees
& Phillipine Typhoon Survivors

One light lifts a family out of darkness.100% of proceeds go to purchase solar lighting and sustainable energy solutions. The need to help our brothers and sisters there has never been greater. They desperately need sustainable energy solutions to regroup and rebuild. Why light? Because bringing sustainable solar lighting to the camps ensures safety after dark, enables essential reading and learning for children in the camps, and rebuilds connection within communities.

Join us Friday, Jan. 31 in Los Angeles or online and shine your light of love.

Featuring Music by: Playing For Change
Experience by: Lucent Dossier
Art & Visuals by: Android Jones
Ghanaian Reggae Superstar: Rocky Dawuni
Transformance by: Sonic Butterfly
…plus Special Guest Stars

 Donor Reception: 6:30-8PM featuring Sonic Butterfly

LIVE STREAM: www.shinealightbenefit.org