The Backyard Philly Project - Indie Film of the Year!

We are thrilled that our latest documentary The Backyard Philly Project  won Feature Length Indie Film of the Year at the Philadelphia Geek Awards! Thank you film lovers for nominating us and taking us this far. We are so excited to spread the word of our film to every part of the city. We believe that these stories must be shared. 

In order of appearance: Adam Bruckner (our inspiration for this film), Brendan Schaller (the man who wore many hats in the production our film), Amanda Danziger (Director of Backyard Philly and founder/filmmaker at Ferasha Films), and Ariel Danziger (Amanda's husband, script writer). 

In order of appearance: Adam Bruckner (our inspiration for this film), Brendan Schaller (the man who wore many hats in the production our film), Amanda Danziger (Director of Backyard Philly and founder/filmmaker at Ferasha Films), and Ariel Danziger (Amanda's husband, script writer). 

This past Saturday night we went to the Philadelphia Geek Awards as nominees and came out winners of the Feature Length Indie Film of the Year category. This event didn't just spotlight cool projects in the city, but focused on people and organizations that are striving to better the city through technology and the arts. It's an honor for our film to be considered one of them. Geekadelphia, thanks for bringing us all together -- you rock!

Geek Story of the Year: Pong on the Cira Centre
Startup of the Year: Autism Expressed
Hacker of the Year: Dr. Frank Lee
Social Media Campaign of the Year: Braille Street Art
Scientist of the Year: Kimberlee Sue Moran
Comic Creator of the Year: Andrew Goletz
Indie Game of the Year: Perfection
Web Project of the Year: AxisPhilly
Mobile App of the Year: BizVizz
Event of the Year: Open Air Philadelphia
Feature Length Indie Film of the Year: (Us!) The Backyard Philly Project
Viral Project of the Year: We are Never Ever Going to Win with Andy
Geek of the Year: Dan Ueda (Check out this letter he wrote recently to The Washington Post --- he got our attention and we're happy that he won!). 

We had a blast meeting all of you and we hope to stay in touch! 

Also, be sure to check out the other two nominees for the indie film of the year category (Detonator and This Time Tomorrow). Our city is filled with many talented filmmakers, and we are excited to be in community with so many great Philly films. 

-The Ferasha Films Team

P.s. for more photos from our special night and to watch Amanda's thank you speech visit our Facebook page! 

 

 

Our next screening: First Glance Film Festival at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. September 21 at 5pm. Tickets are $10. (Let us know on Facebook that you're coming --- so we can sleep at night knowing that you will be there).  More info here. 

We are just STOKED about our nomination! Philly Geek Awards here we come!

The Backyard Philly Project - nominated for a Philly Geek Award for Feature Length Indie Film of the Year! Awards ceremony takes place this August 17, 2013. 

The Backyard Philly Project, nominated for Feature Length Indie Film of the Year, Philly Geek Awards

This morning we woke up to a blog post from Geekadelphia titled "The Nominees for the 2013 Philadelphia Geek Awards." After scrolling down to see the nominees for Feature Length Indie Film of the Year we were so excited to see "The Backyard Philly Project" up for a nomination! We cannot wait until the awards ceremony this August 17th at the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University. In an article published by Newsworks today, Eric Smith co-founder of the Geek Awards defines a geek as "...a person that is so passionate about a specific thing that it becomes a part of their lifestyle, a part of who they are." We think that definition fits us perfectly. We are so passionate about the work that we do here at Ferasha Films and especially about our latest documentary Backyard Philly. "The Backyard Philly Project" has taught us about freely giving ourselves but also allowing us to do what we love by showing our viewers the world through the lens of our cameras. 

We are looking forward to be involved in this special night, and we're crossing our fingers to be the Feature Length Indie Film of the Year! Tickets go on sale on July 29 (prices to be announced soon). 

Thanks for all the love and support friends, family, and fans! 

-Amanda  

 

An interview with Nienke Izurieta, The Backyard Philly Project

We did a little interview with our Assistant Director, Nienke Izurieta, about her favorite scenes in The Backyard Philly Project and more. 

Nienke Izurieta, Assistant Director pictured with Bruce Kite, Cinematographer of The Backyard Philly Project.

Nienke Izurieta, Assistant Director pictured with Bruce Kite, Cinematographer of The Backyard Philly Project.

Tasia's Graduation -- a still shot from The Backyard Philly Project.

Tasia's Graduation -- a still shot from The Backyard Philly Project.

1. What is your role at Ferasha Films?

My title is Director of Still Photography, but my role at Ferasha Films and The Backyard Philly Project in particular includes all sorts of various tasks and responsibilities behind the scenes.

2. As the Assistant Director, what was your most memorable moment during the production of Backyard Philly?

I was able to attend and film Tasia's graduation ceremony. Taking part in that was a huge honor for me since it was a tremendous milestone for her and her family. It is one of the more redeeming parts of the film and one of the most memorable for me.

3. What was it like working as the Assistant Director and also the Still Photographer on set?

Tasia, Montae, Brianna and David are so likable it was so much fun to "work" with them on set. I had such a great time just spending time with them and getting to know them in between filming that I would often forget to photograph what was going on because I really enjoyed their company.

4. What is your favorite scene in the film?

This is a difficult question to answer. There are a few scenes that are my favorites for various reasons; whether it is a beautiful cinematographic shot, a witty juxtaposition, a profound statement or the rawness of emotion there are certain parts of the film that replay in my mind. There is one point in the film where Brianna breaks down and cries during her interview and I admire her so much for her vulnerability in that moment. Being a photographer, I question how far I can push the boundary of documenting  without imposing on the vulnerability of my subject. I want them to know that I can be trusted to tell their story truthfully without exploiting them. That scene in particular strikes a personal chord in me. I want to reach through the screen and comfort her.

5. What do you hope people will take away when they watch this film?

Poverty is complex and multifaceted.  My opinion is that the most effective way to fight it is on a small individual and inter-personal level. Make a difference in the life of one person and it has a ripple affect. Change can only come after realizing that poverty exists in places not very far from your front door. I don't expect The Backyard Philly Project to expose people to poverty that they haven't seen before but rather to change their perception of it. If anyone goes home after watching the film wondering how they can get involved in their neighborhood or community, I'd say that they took something away from the stories that they heard. That is a good first step in being called to action.


Our next event takes place this Thursday, June 27 at RAW: natural born artists in Philadelphia. More details here.

 

Philadelphia, you rocked our world this past weekend.

Thank you to all of you who came out to our world premiere weekend of "The Backyard Philly Project." We are filled with so much gratitude and are blessed to have had you support this story.

So what are our next steps to tell the world of this story? We need you to host a private or public screening in your community! Whether it be at your school, church, work, or even in your own backyard -- we will help you promote your screening! This also goes for those of you that have already purchased a DVD over the weekend, just send us an e-mail (hey@ferashafilms.com) and let us know where you'll host a screening of the film and we'll help promote it with you!

Learn more on how to host a screening.

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Help us become an official non-profit organization so we can continue in our mission and create more films like this. We need your help and support to continue the work that we do. Donate today on our IndieGoGo campaign. 

Our Next Screening is June 1, 1:30pm, New York, New York at The People's Film Festival. Details Here.

Photo taken by Mike Arrison

Photo taken by Mike Arrison