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.
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
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.