Lights, Camera, Action!


Award winning filmmaker, Amanda Danziger (also known as FPC Bethlehem’s Contemporary Music Assistant) will be giving a local workshop along with filmmaker Zachary Hartzell of ZACH studios on March 22, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This workshop is sponsored by The Creative Arts Dept and is open to anyone who wants to learn the basics of video production. The cost is $50 and you can register here.

By Amanda Danziger

It all began when I was a student at Drexel University. My cousin who worked at a church in State College invited me to check out a trip to Byimana, Rwanda during the summer of 2008. With the support of my church family here at FPCB, I was able to get my ticket and fly! I felt really thankful for this opportunity and I wanted to bring back something to show my supporters as a thank you. With all the money I had in my bank account I bought a used $300 camera from Best Buy and set out to film a short documentary called “Umuryango.”

When I came back, I was hooked on the idea of linking together volunteer work and film. I recognized the overwhelming power of film as a medium to confront western culture with the raw living conditions of the third world. That’s when I started my documentary film organization, Ferasha Films. Since starting my organization I have created two other documentary films, “Threads of Hope,” and most recently my award-winning film, “The Backyard Philly Project.”

On March 22, 2014 I am teaming up with local filmmaker, Zachary Hartzell. We’ll be giving a one-day video production workshop – to teach the basics of shooting and lighting, storyboarding, and editing. If you’re interested in the world of video production --- whether you are creating home videos of your kids, or want to create a video for a ministry here at FPCB --- please sign up for this one-day workshop. You will be glad you did! Plus there will be snacks, just bring your own lunch. If you have any questions e-mail me:

Hope to see you there!


Amanda Danziger is the Oasis Contemporary Music Assistant here at FPCB. She is also an award winning filmmaker (Drexel University 40 under 40, Philadelphia Geek Awards) and a lover of photography. Tweet to her @danzigerfilm.