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Green Heart grows food with students on school grounds

Organic Process is happy to be working with the Green Heart project and documenting their efforts as they work hard to grow food on school grounds and teach students math, science, agriculture, environmental sustainability, and community stewardship, through hard work and working together.

The Green Heart Project pairs volunteers from the Charleston Area with students in an effort to teach the knowledge needed to build a sustainable future while instilling the virtues of hard work and success through building an urban garden together. 

Green Heart's first school garden is located at Julian Mitchell Elementary School in downtown Charleston. The project provides the students, teachers and community with a rich, urban agricultural experience, resource and teaching tool and not to mention tons of fresh produce!


Mitchell Davis guest speaker at Pecha Kucha 2011

Mitchell Davis ("the better-half" of OPP) speaks at Pecha Kucha about his work. We are so fortunate to have a man like Mitchell in our lives. He is so talented at balancing nature and technology and heart and money. Thanks for keeping it real, Mitchell! We love you!


Oyster Man Mike

Oyster Man Mike (which was also a selection in the 2009 Charleston International Film Festival) was selected for the Southern Views series at the 2010 Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles and for New Belgium's Film Festival Clips of Faith Tour 2011. All Oyster Man Mike wanted from this was "a walk down the red carpet, a couple of cold ones, and a chance to shoot the shit with some good folk." Now he can add another honor to the list. We recently saw Mike at an oyster roast on John's Island and we are happy to report he is doing great!


Ben Timpson's Inside Nothing 

(Rough Cut) Inside Nothing from OPP on Vimeo.

Ben's Biography:

When classically trained painter Ben Timpson turned his artist's eye from large canvases to tiny bits of the natural world, his work entered a mysterious realm of fanciful, dark beauty. Flowers, insects, blood and bone – the eccentric materials Timpson collects find their way into miniature compositions he assembles into slides in painstaking marathons at his light table. These haunting and whimsical photographs, published for the first time in "End of the Roll: Goodnight 35mm," capture a style that trades traditional notions of painting and collage for an evocative visual alchemy. The result is a gallery of alarmingly original images, and the publishing debut of a remarkable young artist.

And here's what Mitchell has to say about Ben Timpson:

"I discovered Ben Timpson's art when I was at BookSurge. I was walking through the production facility one day looking at some of the books we were printing and his book "End of the Roll" literally stopped me in my tracks. He later came and signed books at the BookSurge booth at an American Library Association conference in Chicago. We had dinner and developed a friendship. He is one of the truest and most unique artists I have ever encountered and OPP is proud to be bringing his work to a larger audience." -Mitchell Davis

Ben has recently released his second book titled "Inside Nothing: Is Everything" that at 174 pages shows his more recent works and will include a DVD. 

Visit Ben's website at


SC Burned Children's Fund 

SC Burned Children's Fund & Camp Can Do from OPP on Vimeo.

We enjoyed working with SC Burned Children's Fund and Camp Can Do. Thanks also to Dan Conover who worked the camera on the opening interviews with the teenagers. Thanks most of all to the children who were so very sweet & open.


Footprints Journal: Finding Pura Vida

Watch the documentary in it's entirety, right here!

Go here to Purchase the DVD and Book - A portion of every purchase goes to the kids at Casa De Suenos!





Footprints Journal: Finding Pura Vida Premiered in Jaco, Costa Rica and was a selection at the Charleston International Film Festival.

Many thanks to everyone who came out to support the Pura Vida Media project at the Charleston International Film Festival. We had to convince the festival organizers to sell 20 standing room only tickets and we still turned away 20-30 people. It was bedlam! And the film was very well received artistically which was very important to us.

Also thanks to the 150 or so folks who helped us raise over $3,000 at the after party fundraiser. We shipped several thousand dollars of media to Steve Sanchez in Arizona for a film premiere and media fundraiser there and there will also be one in Costa Rica in September. All proceeds benefitting the orphanage.

Here are some pics below from the event. Thanks to Chuck Heilig for his fantastic camera and post-production work, Fuzzco, Colleen Terrell and all the sponsors for making this a great project. And of course Tim McManus without whom this would have definitely never happened.

Baird Hoffmire, winner of the super sweet Dewey Weber longboard donated by McKevlins Surf Shop.

Scene from the very packed after-after party at the Trusted Palate. Cary Ann Hearst and Micheal Trent are as good as old soulful country blues rock gets. For sure. Thanks to Beth and Ian at the Trusted Palate.




Ian arrived in Charleston harbor on Sunday to meet the kids from Charleston Kids with Cameras. CKWC and the LEEP photographers put together a photo journal for the Web of Water project.

Below are some pics from Tim McManus at Pennisula Media.


This is the final webisode for the Web of Water trip. What a great three weeks, meeting amazing people and seeing hidden gems right here in our own state! Thanks to everyone working hard to get this "real time" production to happen including Ian Downie who helped as PA and the master, Chuck Heilig who helped with video editing. 


This video features John Rood and Ian in the Congaree National Park and Marc Epstein from the Santee Wildlife Refuge. 


The third webisode produced for broadcast in SC Middle School classrooms is posted to the and Web sites (here it is below also). This one features some great personalities Ian met in the mid-state - Cheif Louis Chavis of the Beaver Creek Tribe, Park Ranger Karen Kustafic, and Ian presenting to the 3rd grade class from Nursery Road Elementary at Saluda Shoals park. 

Webisode 2 - IN THE PIEDMONT

 We also spent the weekend with some great people in the upstate including Chief Louis Chavez of the Beaver Creek nation, Karen Kustafik a ranger with Columbia Parks & Recreation and Patrick Hayes from ETV.  The Chief provided some insightful context connecting the spiritual and practical role of water in the life of the American Indian. Karen was a delightful guide to the three rivers area of Columbia where the Broad and Saluda rivers meet to form the Congaree. Patrick also really helped with Saturday's shoot by helping with B-roll. We even had an improptu meeting with the geologist from Congaree National Park where we will be on Tuesday.


 The first of six Webisodes for the Web of Water Kayak adventure is online. Our partners at SCETV will be running PSA's on NPR this week to promote the trip by our local naturalist Ian Sanchez. The series is being viewed by Middle Schoolers across South Carolina as part of thier environmental education program.

Thanks to everyone workiing hard to get this real time production to happen including Ian Downie who helped as PA and our friend Chuck Heilig who did editing on this one. We will be posting these as they go up over the course of the trip.



A couple of short videos from the Lowcountry Revival event. I am in the choir of this great band led by the wonderful Cary Ann Hearst. Thanks to LLF for letting us be a part of this!

An impromptu jam with Cary Ann and members of the Second Line Jazz Funeral Band (really amazing!)

"Stay out of the chain stores" performance - a song from an old spiritual written in the 1930's by Rev. J.M Gates of Mount Calvary Church in Atlanta, GA. Re-discovered by Karalee Nielson and arranged by Cary Ann Heart. A really prescient and important song and a great linchpin to a night that included a second line jazz parade, a revival tent and a good ol' fashioned preachin' session.



We're excited and proud to announce that two of OP productions; Finding Pura Vida and Web of Water premiered on ETV's Southern Lens Earth Day, April 23, 2009 and will continue to air in a one hour block along with interviews with Mitchell and myself. Stayed tuned to your homegrown programming!



In 2009 OPP helped Rosebank Farms launch it's first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. In our first year we had over 100 people in the Lowcountry of South Carolina sign-up for delivery of fresh veggies. Louise Bennett and Sidi Limehouse really are the best farmers in the Lowcountry and have been feeding the people around Charleston for over 25 years. Rosebank Farms CSA is the best around; offerring pick-up and delivery in the tri-county area and also offering flowers boquets, fresh eggs, and dairy. To join the CSA visit the Rosebank Farms website.




Rosebank Farms Fall Festival from OPP on Vimeo.

Floral Arrangement Workshops at Rosebank Farms from OPP on Vimeo.

In addition to getting personally involved in the establishment of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs in the Lowcountry of South Carolina - we are bringing our media skills to the conversation. Here are videos from Rosebank Farms annual Fall Festival and a short video of renowned Floral Designer, Louise Bennett leading a Rosebank Farms Floral Arrangement Workshop.



We're very honored to help our friend, Geshe Dakpa Topgyal "Gesha-La" and the Charleston Tibetan Societyin their mission to build the Radiant Mind Retreat Center in St. George, SC. They just finished the first structure on the 28+ acres of land; a traditional Tibetan gate that will welcome future visitors to the retreat. Mitchell & I were there filming in July 2008 for the ceremony & celebration of the gate and I will be interviewing Gesha-La and others involved with the retreat center to create a promotional / fundraising video that will inspire interest, participation, & funding for the retreats completion.

The RMRC will fulfill many diverse needs including:

Offering a sanctuary for those who need time away from their busy and often stressful lives, to contemplate their own internal world while learning how to be compassionate and ethical individuals in a family as well as in society.

Hosting nationwide conferences and teachings on various ways and means to support spiritual growth and development.

Sheltering for Tibetan refugees where they can become accustomed to western culture and environment

Offering a lay teacher training program for English speaking students in response to the Dalai Lama’s request that westerners’ be trained as teachers of Buddhism

Hosting Tibetan cultural festivals, arts, language and traditional healing methods

Providing a compassionate environment for those who would like to spend their last days peacefully

Providing counseling services to individuals who are in need of emotional, spiritual, and mental health support.