|The Derek Freese Film Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization, was established in 1997 to keep alive the spirit of a young man who dreamed of becoming a filmmaker.
Derek was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, also known as insulin-dependent diabetes, when he was 13-years-old. He lived life to the fullest and passionately pursued his dream of becoming a filmmaker. His outgoing spirit and loyal nature made him an amazing son, brother, and friend.
Derek graduated from the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple University in 1995, and spent the summer working to save money so he could make his Hollywood dream a reality.
After Derek's sudden death at age 22, the family quickly realized the impact he made on so many people. Contributions came in for The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, but people wanted to do even more to keep his memory alive. A generous contribution from dear family friends Allen and Renee Tepper kick-started what would be become The Derek Freese Film Foundation.
The Foundation is a way for Derek's parents Amy and David, and his sister Amanda, to honor his memory and bring his spirit to the world of film, something so important to Derek and his family. It would be wonderful to make the mark that Derek intended, through Derek Freese Documentary Fund and other meaningful projects.
Board of Directors
David Freese, President
Amy Z. Freese, Vice President
Amanda Freese DeFazio, Communications Director
E. Sherman Hayman