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Amanda Danzinger, Ferasha Films Woman to Watch Award  // Women of Influence



Job responsibility: Filmmaker

Company description: Documentary film production

Accomplishments: Combining a passion for social problems and a talent for the visual arts to bring awareness to the needs of people in poverty around the world; launching Ferasha Films while an undergraduate at Drexel University; working to turn the organization into an official nonprofit.

Primary professional/community affiliations: RAW:natural born artists; Philadelphia Geek Awards; Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival

Who are your most influential female role models? “My mom and my two sisters. They each have different professions, but they all have passion. I believe that passion can get you anywhere, and my family is living proof of that.”

What is the most meaningful/enjoyable part of your job? “Meeting people and hearing their stories.”

What was your first paying job and what did you learn from it? “I’m still working there, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, as a contemporary music assistant. I’ve learned a lot about communication within a small nonprofit organization. I apply a lot of what I’ve learned to my own organization.”

If you had $1 million to donate to charity, what causes would you support? “I would put the money into the charities that I’ve filmed at: Umuryango Children’s Network in Rwanda, ConneXions in India and the Helping Hand Rescue Mission in Philadelphia.”

Amanda Danzinger

Founder and Filmmaker
Ferasha Films

Women of Influence, Woman to Watch Award