Howard Barish - (Executive Producer)
Howard Barish is an Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning producer, director and distributor based in Los Angeles.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Barish gained extensive production experience in the thriving Canadian film and television industry as a First Assistant Director on feature films, television mini-series, made-for-television movies, pilots, and nearly 100 episodes of various network television series. After relocating to Los Angeles in the early 90s, he launched Kandoo Films in 1992, a production company that specializes in creating independent feature films, documentaries, and promotional and digital content for television and film.
As founder and president of Kandoo Films, Barish produces thousands of hours of short-form content, network image and branding campaigns, promos, sizzle reels, and long-form programming for clients such as CBS, The CW, FOX, HGTV, Lifetime, E! Entertainment, and Warner Bros., to name a few.
Barish expanded his portfolio to feature films in 2010 when then publicist Ava DuVernay approached him with a low-budget feature film. This was the start of a successful partnership that resulted in several projects and multiple award wins over the past seven years. They began working on I WILL FOLLOW and MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, which went on to win Best Director at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, a Gotham Award, and the 2013 Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. Barish also served as a producer on the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary VENUS VS. that showcased tennis great Venus Williams, HELLO BEAUTIFUL: INTERLUDES WITH JOHN LEGEND, and FOX’s historic web series, 24Inside.
Barish and DuVernay collaborated on the critically acclaimed 2016 Netflix documentary 13TH that centered on race in the United States criminal justice system. Produced by Barish and DuVernay, 13TH was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2017. The film has garnered multiple awards including four Emmys, a Peabody Award, BAFTA Award, NAACP Image Award, African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Award, and multiple wins at the first annual Critics' Choice Documentary Awards.
With a focus on developing emerging filmmakers, in 2017, Barish announced his first slate of low-budget features for the Emerging Artist Program, which included BROKEN STAR (Analeigh Tipton, Tyler Labine), SKIN IN THE GAME (Erica Ash), HOSPITALITY (Emmanuelle Chriqui), and BLINDFIRE (Brian Gerahty, Sharon Leal, Bethany Joy Lenz). The following year he expanded Kandoo Films’ services by launching the company’s distribution arm - Kandoo Releasing. Kandoo Releasing ensures that Kandoo’s emerging artist slate, as well as other quality independent films helmed by rising filmmakers, will reach audiences worldwide.
Michael Leoni - (Director/Producer/Writer/Editor)
Founder of An 11:11 Experience, has always committed himself to creating exciting material that reaches beyond the scope of traditional entertainment, challenges an audience’s beliefs, and motivates a movement for positive change in our society.
Starting his career in Boston, Michael directed "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Hair", "Falsettos", and wrote and directed, "Wanted", "City of Dreams", and "Omerta". He was then accepted into the Hart Conservatory BFA program on a talent scholarship.
In New York City, he wrote, directed, and produced "Enigma" and "Deviants". Michael also directed "This is Our Youth" and the Off‐-Broadway run of "LOUD", an original rock musical, which received local acclaim and gained several nominations at the NYC Fringe Festival.
Michael made the move to Los Angeles and produced "The Playground", a Rock Music ‐ infused piece inspired by the lives of homeless kids and teenage runaways. Written and directed by Leoni, The Playground debuted on stage in Los Angeles and continued to run at least once a year for the next five consecutive years to outstanding reviews. He also wrote and directed the short films; "Radford Rd.", "Deliver Us", "Spare Some Change" and "Someplace In Between", an Official Selection in the 2009 LA Shorts Film Festival.
Michael recently directed New York actress, Gloria Rosen in her one-woman show, "Listen, Can you Hear Me Now", which was an official selection of the New York Fringe and recieved Best of the Hollywood Fringe.
His hit show "ELEVATOR", which he wrote and directed, ran for 10 months in Los Angeles while garnering a Critics' Pick from the LA Times, and earning him a Best Director award, with StageSceneLA, as well as receiving the Best New Work award with Broadway World's Best in LA theatre. He received a total of 11 nominations in the Broadway World Awards.
Leoni has just completed "American Street Kid", a powerful, feature length documentary that takes us onto the streets and into the real lives of America’s homeless youth. Currently, Michael is in pre-production on the feature film, "When Today Ends" and has in development, two more features, a television series and two stage musicals; his book, Dare to be Bad will be available in bookstores and online in early 2016.
The founder of the organization Spare Some Change, Michael created and launched a Media Campaign/Artistic Mentoring Program which exposes street youth to the arts and motivates them to create change in their lives.www.sparesomechange.org
Michelle Kaufer - (Producer)
Michelle has been involved with An 11:11 Experience since its inception and is dedicated to the mission of producing media to create positive social change. Her first production with the team was The Playground, a Rock Music-infused piece inspired by the lives of homeless kids, which debuted at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre and The Deaf West Theatre in Los Angeles. Backstage West called The Playground “a wake up call for all of us!”
Michelle's most recent television and film credits include producing "Wrench Wars" for MavTV, "Turn and Burn" for the Discovery Channel, "Delta Divers" and "Virgin Galactic" for National Geographic, and producing Deliver Us and Radford Rd for An 11:11 Experience. Most recent film credits include producing the award-winning feature documentary American Street Kid, and the feature film #WhenTodayEnds. Michelle is also a co-founder of Spare Some Change, an on-going campaign and social movement to raise awareness for homeless youth (www.sparesomechange.org).
Most recent stage credits include producing L.A.’s smash hit play, ELEVATOR. Running for almost a year, ELEVATOR got rave reviews, sold-out crowds and it garnered the esteemed L.A. Times’ Best Bet and Critics’ Pick. ELEVATOR earned 11 nominations including Best New Work from Broadway World and won for Best Director and Best Acting in an Ensemble Cast from StageSceneLA. ELEVATOR is currently being financed for an Off-Broadway run. (http://www.elevatortheplay.com)
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Growing up as a Los Angeles native, Erica spent her formative years studying theater and majored in Theater Arts and History at Whittier College where she wrote and produced four short films including Signed, Souled & Delivered.
Erica was introduced to An 11:11 Experience when she auditioned for the role of Sera, a drug addicted prostitute, in the stage version of The Playground, a Rock-Drama inspired by the lives of teenage runaways and homeless kids. Erica immediately connected to the content of the piece and was captivated by the kid’s stories.Experiencing first hand the passion that An 11:11 Experience brings to a project combined with the dedication to creating meaningful art and media, inspired Erica to join the team.
In 2008 Erica produced Someplace In Between, a short film about 7 strangers who get stuck in an elevator. The film explores the inner workings of peoples' minds and the judgments we all carry with us. Someplace In Between was, most recently, an official selection of the 2009 LA Shorts Film Festival. In early 2009, Erica produced Deliver Us, a psychological thriller about the mysterious death of a complex and confused young woman.
In the summer of 2009 Erica, along with her team at An 11:11 Experience, began shooting a PSA on homeless and street kids in Los Angeles. The project grew into a feature documentary and a movement for social awareness and change. The topic of homeless kids is one that Erica has grown strongly passionate about and she has been humbled and honored to be one of the founding members of Spare Some Change as well as an active producer on the first media project “The American Street Kid”, a documentary on America’s homeless youth.The opportunity Spare Some Change created to meet the kids and hear their stories was invaluable and the most rewarding film experience of her career to date
Erica Katzin - (Producer / Editor)
Jon Pavlovsky (Producer) has spent the majority of his career producing and directing Television commercials for National brands such as Anheuser Bush & McDonalds. After 15 years of successful commercial production, Jon transitioned into developing and producing feature films.
He’s currently in pre-production, jointly with Patriot films on “Pleasure,” a feature film written by Blake Heron (Bourne Identity); and in development with Stealth Media on the action film “Prometheus Unbound” scheduled to be filmed in Italy. Jon’s also partnered with Chris Phillips (Disney, “Kicking it”) developing a new TV series “Outcasts” written by Mitch Gould.
Prior to working in entertainment, Jon spent several years as a child advocate and counselor in group homes and the Department of Children’s Services.
Jon Pavlovsky (Producer)
Abigail Jane Elliott
Carlos Nestor Ramos
Theme Music by
Additional Music by
Brian Buckley Band
Keith C. Anderson
Re-Recording Mixer /
Additional Re-recording Mixer /
Additional Sound Editors
Music Editor /
Post Production Sound Stage
Sony Pictures Studios
Audio Equipment provided by
William K. Baker
Key Production Assistant
Supervising Digital Colorist
Digital Colorist Assist
Supervising DI Producer
Motion Graphics Designer /
Illustrator - Kids Titles
Post Production Services provided by
Warner Brothers Motion Picture Imaging
Donaldson & Callif, LLP
End Credits by
Carlos Nestor Ramos