White Elephant film impact recognized at Bloomberg Philanthropies

What an amazing honor to have one of our films recognized by Bloomberg Philanthropies! This month, they released a report outlining the creative sector’s ability to address pressing civic issues, highlighting Bloomberg’s Public Art Challenge, which happened in 2016-2017 in Spartanburg and was led by Chapman Cultural Center.  For that project, White Elephant’s own Tim Farrell and Robyn Hussa Farrell co-directed collaborative and community engagement documentary films that were used as part of the “Video Village” installation.  In particular, the “One on One – Discussions with Police and Residents” film is now being used as a training tool for police officers.  For their work, Hussa and Farrell received the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from the City of Spartanburg alongside our partners at The Bethlehem Center of Spartanburg.

Here’s a recap of how Video Village was created …

Video Village Overview from Tim Farrell on Vimeo.

Video Village ran for 6 months in the Highland neighborhood of Spartanburg.  When it ended, the materials were re purposed into the “Innovation Village” — a media lab for kids at the adjacent Bethlehem Center.