The Willis Family

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2018 bring you the very best of life and love, and may we all experience peace inside and out!

Our dear friend Ken Rutkowski started this campaign for us shortly after our home and business was consumed by the Thomas Fire. Thank you Ken for your unwavering love and loyalty through all these years!
- Mikki and Nadia

“I Survived Because the Fire Inside Me Burned Brighter than the Fire Around Me.” - Joshua Graham.


8 years ago, we moved our production company and our beloved employees out of the hustle and bustle of Hollywood, to the quiet little valley known as Ojai CA., population 8000.

In an effort to reduce our monthly expenses and produce less environmental impact, we all let go of our apartments and houses and together rented one big home on a mountain top. We converted the garage into a sweet little soundstage and set up the third floor of the house as a post-production workspace. We had everything we needed to function as a mini movie studio and to fulfill our collective mission to use the power of film to elevate truth and hope.

Most importantly, the live-work configuration allowed us to be fully present in the lives of our two young sons. Our home swiftly became a laboratory for goodness, and a creative sanctuary for some of the world’s biggest hearts and minds. In an era plagued with problems, Elevate has become respected internationally for providing honest and unbiased solutions. Our videos have received more than 250 million views online. We have never once sold out, declining substantial funding offers to remain independent and true.

On the evening of December 5th, 2017, our dream home, studio and business were destroyed by the largest  fire in California's recorded history. Our community of filmmakers sacrificed their own belongings to rescue our clients' hard-drives. We escaped with only the clothes we were wearing. With the exception of a few items that were off property at the time, all of our production gear was destroyed. Unfortunately, our company was operating on an interim insurance policy that covered only a fraction of what was lost. In full transparency, we lost well over $250,000 in gear, but only $42,000 of it was covered by fire.

This is a call for community support!

During this time of global unrest we feel the urgent need to get back on the front line to create media that elevate's the human experience. To do so, we must raise at least $100,000 to replace our most necessary production equipment.

Here are the 2 best ways you can help:

1) Donate to this campaign. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

2) Share this campaign far and wide.

On behalf of our family, company and community,
we deeply appreciate your love and support.

Sincerely. Deeply. Gratefully.

Mikki and Nadia Willis


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Organizer and beneficiary

Ken Rutkowski 
Los Angeles, CA
Nadia Salamanca 
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