• 3/05/04

    Love Inventory

    International Documentary by David Fisher Premieres Nationally on "Independent Lens,” ITVS's Acclaimed Series on PBS, Tuesday, April 13 at 10 P.M. (check local listings)

    "A riveting documentary both thematically and technically that renders the lines between fictional and non-fictional cinema almost irrelevant. . . a gem that does the Israeli cinema proud.” — Emanuel Levy, VARIETY

    Contact:

    Cara White 843/881-1480 carapub@aol.com Mary Lugo 770/623-8190 lugo@negia.net Randall Cole 415/356-8383 x254 randall_cole@itvs.org

    Program companion website, visit www.pbs.org/loveinventory

    (San Francisco, CA) — David Fisher's funny and bittersweet film, LOVE INVENTORY, chronicles his family's attempt to solve a personal mystery, but which, in the process, brings a troubled family together. As Fisher and his siblings (one sister and three brothers) sift through family papers after the death of their father, a long-buried secret rises to the surface. Through the years their mother, a Holocaust survivor, had mentioned that her first children had been twins— a boy and a girl, but that the girl had mysteriously disappeared shortly after birth. The Fishers knew they had an older brother who had died after only a few months, but were uncertain what to make of the stories about the missing twin.

    David Fisher galvanizes the family to begin a search, and turns the camera on them all as they begin their journey to find the truth. LOVE INVENTORY will air nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens, hosted by Don Cheadle, on Tuesday, April 13th at 10 P.M. (check local listings). In Hebrew with English subtitles.

    After the loss of his parents, Fisher felt that his fantasy of "The Family,” was in reality, turning into an existence of individuals. Born and raised in Israel, the Fisher brothers were faced with the concerns of families everywhere: the difficulty of parent-child relationships, divorce, job pressures, emotional problems. Fisher hoped the opportunity of the search would be a vehicle to heal the family, and that the process of looking for a lost sibling would bring them closer together.

    With revealing moments of grief and humor, Fisher leads his siblings, second generation Holocaust survivors, to unlock the past, going back 50 years, when the state of Israel had just been created and unlawful deeds and wrongdoing were part of its own difficult birth pains. The family becomes amateur detectives, hoping to ferret out information about the lost sister. In the course of the search, the camera uncovers a unique and intimate but troubled family fighting for its existence.

    The program's interactive companion website www.pbs.org/loveinventory features detailed information about the film, including an interview with the filmmaker, cast and crew bios, as well as links and resources pertaining to the film's subject matter. The site also features a "talkback” section for viewers to share their ideas and opinions, preview clips of the film, and more.

    LOVE INVENTORY Credits

    Director: David Fisher Producer: Yahaly Gat Editor: Tali Haltar Shenkar Director of Photography: Itzik Portal Sound: Itay Elohev, Eli Taragan Original songs: Amnon Fisher Script Editor: Aya Minster

    Awards

    Best Documentary Award, Jerusalem Film Festival, 2000 Best Documentary, Israeli Academy Award, 2000 Best Documentary, DocuNoga 2000 International Forum of New Cinema, Berlin Film Festival, 2001

    About the Filmmaker

    David Fisher (Director)

    David Fisher has been writing, producing and directing documentaries for Israeli television since 1989. The films he creates are based on meticulous research and are motivated by the quest for social justice. LOVE INVENTORY is his first autobiographical film, although all of his work reveals his own involved and personal attitude. In 1999 he was appointed the director of the New Documentary Foundation for TV and Cinema in Israel. Past films include: Little Big Sister (1998), an intimate profile of a Swedish writer; A Shepherds Affair (1997), about Jewish and Druze cattle growers on the Golan Heights; and Buried Alive (1996), in which an abandoned woman goes after her husband who disappeared 20 years earlier.

    About Independent Lens

    Independent Lens is a weekly series airing Tuesday nights at 10 P.M. on PBS. The acclaimed anthology series features documentaries and a limited number of fiction films united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. Independent Lens features unforgettable stories about a unique individual, community or moment in history, which prompted Nancy Franklin in The New Yorker to write "Watching Independent Lens...is like going into an independent bookstore—you don't always find what you were looking for but you often find something you didn't even know you wanted.” Presented by ITVS, the series is supported by interactive companion websites, and national publicity and community outreach campaigns. Further information about the series is available at www.pbs.org/independent lens. Independent Lens is jointly curated by ITVS and PBS, and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding provided by PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    About ITVS

    Independent Television Service (ITVS) funds and presents award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television, innovative new media projects on the Web and the weekly series Independent Lens on Tuesday nights at 10 P.M. on PBS. ITVS is a miracle of public policy created by media activists, citizens and politicians seeking to foster plurality and diversity in public television. ITVS was established by a historic mandate of Congress to champion independently produced programs that take creative risks, spark public dialogue and serve underserved audiences. Since its inception in 1991, ITVS programs have revitalized the relationship between the public and public television, bringing TV audiences face-to-face with the lives and concerns of their fellow Americans. More information about ITVS can be obtained by visiting www.itvs.org. ITVS is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American People.

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