Organic Process Productions began in 2003 with Farrah Hoffmire's art work and yoga teaching practice but it wasn't until we started making videos that things got really interesting!
Organic Process Productions' first documentary project was Falling Together in New Orleans (FTNO), an award-winning film series and video blog which was filmed over an 18-month time period in New Orleans following the 2005 Levee Failure. During that same time period OPP produced the Hurricane Katrina Media Project, a multi-media event which toured college campuses and went on tour with Ani DiFranco in 2007. FTNO was featured in several national film festivals, including the Langston Hughes Film Festival and the Oral History Association of America Symposium. It was winner of the audience award for "best documentary" at the 2007 ConvergeSouth Film Festival.
Two of OPP’s documentaries were featured during 2009 on PBS affiliates and Web of Water won a 2010 National Education Innovation Award from PBS and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. We have also produced a number of book and video projects for several influential artists and spiritual teachers in the Charleston area.
Our 2009 Documentary short, Oyster Man Mike was a selection for the 2009 Charleston International Film Festival, the Southern Views series at the 2010 Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles, and screened in over a dozen cities with New Belgium 2011 Clips of Faith Tour.
As the organization evolved, Farrah began following a passion for local agriculture, farming, and food, first launching a Community Supported Agriculture program with Rosebank Farms (located in Johns Island, SC) and later making goat cheese for friends and family.
In 2009, she began selling Giddy Goat Cheese’s small batch fresh chevre in Charleston Farmers Markets and Rosebank Farms CSA program. Soon Giddy Goat Cheese was being sold in local stores, farmers, markets, and restaurants throughout the greater-Charleston area. It was featured on the menu at Sean Brock's award winning restaurant Husk and was chosen was the featured Charleston Food & Wine Top Chef event in 2011.
After almost three years we chose to cease the cheese making operations in July 2011 because we learned that making and selling local artisan cheese is quite simply: too big to be a hobby and too small to be a business.
The list of challenges faced by small food producers is too long to detail here — but they are some of the bravest and hardest working people on the planet. We continue to support local agriculture through our video work with Green Heart of Charleston.
THE NEXT CHAPTER
After Giddy Goat Cheese, Organic Process is coming full circle. Farrah is continuing her visual art with a focus on human overpopulation and species extinction and she continues to work on video storytelling projects. We are excited to be working with a host of new friends at Jazz Artists of Charleston, Interntational Primate Protection League, and an emerging project telling stories of Lowcountry Nonagenarians (people over 90 years old) including Skip Madsen.
Farrah has also started teaching yoga again, group classes, privates, children's classes, and private stand-up paddle board yoga (SUP Yoga). Along with yoga therapy, Farrah is studying Integrative Nutrition and will offer private and group wellness consultations beginning July 2013.
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