Ferasha Films

  1. The Backyard Philly Project delves into the lives of four teens growing up in Penn Town, an inner-city neighborhood, and how their involvement with Helping Hand Rescue Mission has given them hope for a better life through tutoring and other character-building activities aimed at young people. Filming began in October 2011 and concluded in June 2012, and consists partly of video shot on individual cameras given to the teens. ferashafilms.com

    Trailer Music by, Ghost Hunter. soundcloud.com/ghosthuntersounds

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  2. At times some call Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, Kill-adelphia. Watch four teens who live in the projects express loss and hope by forging the future with the next generation.

    "Penn Town" is a short documentary for our upcoming full documentary "The Backyard Philly Project." Coming soon. ferashafilms.com

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  3. Our Story

    Did you know that about 25% of Philadelphians live below the poverty line? And that the first district in Philadelphia is considered the second hungriest district in the United States? Are you aware the private builders are purchasing project land to build condominiums that will displace local residents? These statistics represent Ferasha Films' own backyard. Philadelphia is a city where 500,000 people are literacy challenged, and 200,000 people are without a high school diploma, according to Mayor Michael Nutter. *

    We are from the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, PA. At Ferasha Films we take our films beyond the screen. We aim to bring awareness through documentation and creating premiere events in order to inform and challenge our followers to impact their community. We believe that there are many stories of poverty here in our own city of Philadelphia. We will be filming in an area that the locals call "Penn Town." We have invited four teenagers to document their lives and Philadelphia poverty through video journals using Flip Cameras. We will work with these four fledgling 'cinematographers' to produce authentic and honest account of their lives. In order to do that, we will hold film classes and teach them how to use their cameras, capture footage, etc. Every month until June 2011 we plan to give them one topic to document. Their first assignment will be to introduce themselves and give us a tour of their everyday life. We will then follow up on each of their video journals with a professional quality interview.

    Our goal is to serve the children of the Penn Town Projects and give them an opportunity to tell their story. We would like their voices to be heard.

    *a recent interview on WHYY with Mayor Michael Nutter (whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2011/10/03/a-con...)

    Who We Are: A Volunteer Staff
    Amanda Danziger: Founder/Filmmaker
    Nienke Izurieta: Director of Still Photography
    Bruce Kite: Cinematographer
    Lucas Clauser: Art Director
    Brendan Schaller: Communications
    Ariel Danziger: Copy Editor/Script Writer

    Impact
    To inform our viewers that third world poverty is not always located in a third world country, but right at home. We also hope to provide positive influences and be role models to the children we serve. Our biggest hope is to see people pledging their own time to after school programs.

    DONATE to this project: indiegogo.com/The-Backyard-Philly-Project?a=306682&i=addr
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    Soundtrack: "Vieu" by Gablé (gableboulga.com/)

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  4. This is a little mini documentary about the premiere of my documentary Threads of Hope which took place on October 8, 2010. My friend Bruce Kite took all the footage, I just ended up editing, color correcting, and finalizing it all. Interviewees: myself (Amanda Ibrahim), Phillip LaRue, and Sean Scott.

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  5. This is a project of mine that I've been working on since September 2009 when I traveled to Kolkata, India. I filmed at a fair trade organization called ConneXions--met some really amazing people, filmed their stories, and soon to tell them all on October 8, 2010. ferashafilms.com

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We are from the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, PA. At Ferasha Films we take our films beyond the screen. We aim to bring awareness through documentation and creating premiere events in order to inform and challenge our followers to impact their community. Filmmaking is an expensive endeavor for an organization and we understand that organizations cannot always afford to hire a professional filmmaker. Ferasha Films provides


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We are from the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, PA. At Ferasha Films we take our films beyond the screen. We aim to bring awareness through documentation and creating premiere events in order to inform and challenge our followers to impact their community. Filmmaking is an expensive endeavor for an organization and we understand that organizations cannot always afford to hire a professional filmmaker. Ferasha Films provides professional-quality documentaries that the organizations we film can use for their promotional and fund-raising activities. We believe there are many stories that are worth sharing and have taken it upon ourselves to act in the investment of building relationships and connecting communities both locally and globally.

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    Hey! Our new official trailer for The Backyard Philly Project launches this Monday! Stay tuned fans!

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