Cause Affects is a mission-driven creative agency + film production company + strategic marketing firm. We amplify the voice of causes, progressive campaigns and organizations through creative storytelling.
HERMON FARAHI > FOUNDER & Creative Dir.
A Co-Producer and Cinematographer of the Sundance Award-winning, Netflix Original Documentary, Knock Down The House, Hermon is a polymath - a filmmaker, creative director, social impact consultant, scholar-activist, and former candidate for US Congress. He is a first generation Persian-Korean American, trained as a cultural anthropologist, with concentrations in international development and documentary filmmaking. Since attaining an interdisciplinary Masters Degree from The George Washington University in 2011, Hermon has published his social research in several academic journals and books, on topics ranging from migration and human rights in the global south, to sustainable economic development in Micronesia. As a social impact consultant, he has worked for the World Bank Group while filming in several post-conflict zones, provided creative direction on global literacy initiatives with USAID, developed sustainability and cause marketing campaigns with Fortune 500 companies, and filmed the journey to Mt. Everest with a cancer foundation. Hermon is a multi-talented, award-winning filmmaker, proficient as a director, producer, writer, cinematographer and editor. His first feature documentary, When They Awake, winner of over a dozen awards internationally, bears witness to the musical movement driving indigenous revitalization efforts in North America. A gifted orator, Hermon has inspired audiences across the continent as a public speaker, community organizer and facilitator. Passionately committed to social justice and progressive change, he founded Cause Affects to propel the movement forward. Let’s get to work.
Political: Amy Vilela for the People / Hermon for Congress / Movement for a People's Party / Nevada Gaming Commission / Healthcare NOW
International Development: The World Bank Group / United States Agency for International Development (USAID) / The African Union
Non-Profit: The Cleveland Clinic / Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health / Keep Memory Alive Foundation / HEART Africa / The Love Hope Strength Cancer Foundation / US VETS / Clean The World / Opportunity Village / The US Olympic Committee
Corporate CSR: Time Inc. / LYFT / Emerils Restaurants / The Venetian|Palazzo / MGM Grand Resorts
"Hermon is the cinematic equivalent of a one-man band" — Las Vegas Review Journal
"When you tell a story that has universal themes it transcends space and time, or any boundaries. " — The CLASS Project
"With this film (When They Awake, directed by Hermon Farahi), everyone just fell in love with it when they saw it.. " — Calgary Herald
"Documentaries will often take a life of their own...Hermon Farahi had this experience while making (the) film, When They Awake, a powerful documentary celebrating Indigenous musicians. " — FREQ Magazine