Ferasha Films is a volunteer staff from the greater Philadelphia area. We are a group of innovative people who are passionate about documentary story-telling. Our group is highly skilled in helping you organize your next film. Apply through our filmmaker's application to get your film featured.
MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder & Filmmaker
Amanda Danziger’s passion for film and cinematography began in 2008 when she was a student at Drexel University in Philadelphia. As a way to show her appreciation to those who financed her upcoming Rwanda mission trip, Amanda bought a camera and set out to film her experience. She created a short documentary called “Umuryango,” about the street children she met at an orphanage in Byimana, many of whom were orphaned by the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. After this experience, Amanda was hooked on the idea of linking together volunteer work and film. She recognized the power of film as a medium to confront western culture with the raw living conditions of the third world. Ferasha Films was born.
In 2009 Amanda volunteered to go to India to film her second documentary, “Threads of Hope,” the story of impoverished women at ConneXions, a fair trade vocational school in Kolkata, India and for which she received a scholarship from the McKnight Fund to finance the project. On the heels of this documentary’s success, Amanda was inspired to expand the reach of Ferasha Films by building a crew to film her first feature documentary, “The Backyard Philly Project.”
In 2013, Amanda was recognized in Drexel Magazine’s “40 under 40” for connecting her visual arts talents and compassion for the poor.
She loves her husband, her twin boys, filmmaking, photography, indie music, chocolate, zombies and three-day weekends. She admits it can be a challenge, but she knows she’s got a really cool day job.
Born in North Dakota, Betsy slowly made her way East with her parents and brothers. Meeting George at Eastern College (now University) and then graduating from there brought her to Bethlehem, PA where she’s lived for 30 years. Betsy’s main working focus of the past 27 years has been spent being “Mom” to Rick, Katie and Maggie – although there have been times when she’s actually gone to an office to work for an insurance agency and a charitable trust. Betsy also considers it a privilege and responsibility to volunteer her time both locally and globally.
Stephen Ferrell currently serves as VP Quality Solutions, Health and Life Sciences for Sidus BioData the first EHNAC certified, dually GxP/HIPAA qualified Data Center network in the US. Stephen is a member of ISPE’s GAMP Steering Committee, co-chairs the GAMP Emerging Standards Special Interest Group and has acted as a Regulatory Advisor to the Scottish Government. Stephen has over fourteen years of progressive Software/IT experience, with an emphasis on: Software Quality, Computer & Software Validation, HIPAA Compliant Hosting, Infrastructure Qualification, FDA/MHRA/EU GxP Compliance, IT Risk Management and System Implementation and Support.
Diverse Industry experience includes the implementation, analysis and risk based testing of traditionally architected and virtualized/cloud based systems in the Pharma, Biotech, Medical device CRO and Health IT verticals. Mr. Ferrell is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and is Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control’s (CRISC). Stephen has also provided presentations and training to the FDA on various subjects related to computer validation, software compliance and cloud technologies.
Stephen is a partner in UK Compliance Services firm CompliancePath Ltd. and in his spare time he serves on the Board of Directors of Ferasha Films, a non-profit film studio that focuses on social advocacy and human rights projects.
George was born and raised in Bethlehem Pa and has a Business Administration degree from Eastern University in St. David's Pa. Vocationally, he is a partner with HMK Insurance Agency in Bethlehem. Avocationally, George loves music and film and when he has some extra time on his hands he likes to mix the two of them to see what happens.
He's been active in a number of non-profits in Bethlehem, including CACLV, The Laros Foundation, The Bethlehem Rotary Club and Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley. He's involved in the Small Group Ministry team at First Presbyterian Church as well as Priority One of the Lehigh Valley.
He's married to Betsy and has 3 children: Rick, Katie, & Maggie, and hopes to one day retire, so he can become an extra camera guy for Ferasha Films.
Ariel has been involved in every project Ferasha Films has produced from the very first days it started. Through the years he has watched Ferasha Films grow from Amanda's student project to an official non-profit. Married to Amanda Danziger, loving his crazy twin boys, Ariel is currently studying nursing to pursue his love to help others.