Wishing Well Entertainment is a boutique production company with a focus on projects of social relevance, founded by actor/director Raphael Sbarge.

Raphael Sbarge of Wishing Well Entertainment

Wishing Well Entertainment is a production company with a focus on projects of social relevance, founded by actor Raphael Sbarge after he got the opportunity to step in as director and executive producer of On Begley Street, a streaming series starring actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. The nine-part series was ultimately sold to an online network, and received several nominations and awards.

Inspired by the impact and potential reach of socially conscious film making, Raphael began to combine his production work with his work for his grassroots environmental nonprofit, Green Wish. A five-year Legacy Grant from the California Instituted for Contemporary Art enabled the production of A Concrete River: Reviving the Waters of Los Angeles. The documentary explored the history of the Los Angeles River and the 30-year campaign of Friends of the LA River, a group dedicated to protecting and restoring the river and its habitat.

Raphael went on to direct and produce Is There Hope for Planet Earth? in conjunction with Cal-Tech in Pasadena, a documentary short featuring acclaimed climatologist Dr. Jess Adkins discussing climate change. Both films have been acquired and broadcast by KCET.

Wishing Well went on to produce its first narrative short, The Bird Who Could Fly, about an immigrant Korean family’s story of coming to America. The film took home Best Narrative short, Best Director and Best Ensemble awards at several film festivals around the world.

As Wishing Well’s relationship with KCET took a huge leap forward, LA Foodways was born. The six-episode digital series and a one-hour feature chronicled the shift from an agricultural center to a sprawling metropolis during the past 150 years, and the resulting issues of food scarcity, food waste and the effects of food deserts in underserved communities. A strong response to the multi-part project led to an Emmy Award nomination.

Wishing Well is currently working on several documentaries. First, Only In Theaters, ONLY IN THEATERS is an intimate film about the Laemmle Theatres, the beloved 84-year-old arthouse cinema chain in Los Angeles, as they face seismic change and financial pressure. Yet the family behind this multigenerational business – whose sole mission has been to support the art of film – is determined to see it survive. Only In Theaters is distributed by The Film Collective. CLICK HERE to learn more.

COMING TO THEATERS Autumn 2022

Secondly, Raphael is also bringing the Obie Award-winning and Drama Desk-nominated Off-Broadway The Tricky Part to film with his co-producer, actor Anthony Edwards. The Tricky Part addresses the subject of male sexual abuse; the project is being done in conjunction with the organization 1 in 6.

The Tricky Part
The film version of the acclaimed one-man play “The Tricky Part.”

Wishing Well Entertainment is currently in production on a docuseries titled, 10 DAYS IN WATTS, with KCET Los Angeles. This 4-part PBS series is about resilience and hope set in Watts, the most densely populated and underserved 2-square-mile neighborhood in Los Angeles. This penetrating, verité-style piece takes a deep dive into the complex and diverse people who not only survive in Watts, but are committed to seeing their enclave thrive as they open Mudtown Farms, an educational and healing community garden where children and elders gather together to deepen their historical roots.

AIRDATE: January 2023