White Elephant Enterprises is a production company based in South Carolina and California, led by Tim Farrell and Robyn Hussa Farrell who have worked in the entertainment industry since 1996. White Elephant’s passion is to offer a unique perspective to the narratives of individuals and organizations. We challenge the status quo to transform communities – one voice at a time.
The co-Directors, Robyn Hussa Farrell and Tim Farrell are a husband and wife team who have won awards as NYC theatre and film producers, television news producer, and community journalists. Tim and Robyn each share >25 years of work in entertainment and run White Elephant Enterprises, a full-service production company. They co-Directed the critically acclaimed “Highland Video Village” public art installation, funded through a $1M grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Developed over the course of 1.5 years working directly with residents of a challenged community to teach documentary storytelling and community journalism techniques, the results of “Video Village” directly led to residents taking political action.
As Senior Political Producer for NY1 News, Tim Farrell oversaw production of NYC Inside City Hall — a live, nightly show covering city, state, and national politics. He served as Field Producer for large-scale events, including Democratic and GOP conventions, Nelson Mandela funeral, and as a member of Hillary Clinton’s press corps in 2008. For his expertise in political storytelling, Tim was recognized with 2015 and 2010 Press Club Awards.
As producer and director of the documentary, The Walking Hospital, Tim had the opportunity to travel to remote regions of Tibet to tell the story of Chinese medicine specialists serving the people of Nepal. The Walking Hospital: Road to Lomanthang and The Walking Hospital: Kathmandu were exhibited at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC in 2009 and as part of the Nursing Nepal installation in 2011. The Walking Hospital: Lomanthang was featured at the 2012 Napa Valley Film Festival.
Tim’s political background marries well with Robyn Hussa Farrell’s public health work and expertise as an award-winning NYC producer. Hussa co-founded the award-winning Transport Group Theatre Company in NYC, now in its 20th year, and received the 2007 Drama Desk award for breadth of vision and challenging productions. Hussa founded Mental Fitness a groundbreaking nonprofit that works to educate about mental health in K16 schools across the country. She worked with hundreds of researchers to direct award-winning theatre and film programs that have been featured nationally and used as ongoing training tools in academic and health institutions. Hussa’s nonprofit work led her and Farrell to create Sharpen, a digital mental health service that delivers comprehensive psycho educational modular content to organizations. For Sharpen, the pair has created over 450 documentary film-style educational modules and have won awards for improving resilience in multiple communities.