Oddball Films welcomes filmmaker Dan Kapelovitz with the San Francisco Premiere of Triple Fisher: The Lethal Lolitas of Long Island, a scathing critique/celebration of early-’90s tabloid culture, twenty years in the making! In 1992, a suburban New York teenager named Amy Fisher captured the national media’s attention when she shot her lover’s wife in the face. This sordid tale of underage sex, aggravated assault, and Joey Buttafuoco managed to spawn not one, not two, but three separate made-for-TV movies — a television first. Drew Barrymore (The Amy Fisher Story), Alyssa Milano (Casualties of Love: The “Long Island Lolita” Story) and Noëlle Parker (Lethal Lolita — Amy Fisher: My Story) all took stabs at portraying the disturbed young lady, yet a true on-screen depiction of Amy Fisher has never emerged — until now. In this Rashomon of found footage film, director Dan Kapelovitz (“Threee Geniuses”) mind-melds the multiple melodramas into one ultimate metadrama mashup. The filmmaker will be here, in person, to answer your burning questions and one lucky audience member will win a copy of Amy Fisher's autobiography; Amy Fisher: My Story!
Date: Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 8:00PM.
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street, San Francisco
Admission: $10.00, Seating Limited, RSVP to: 415-558-8117 or [email protected]
The Amy Fisher case was a media sensation from the start; a teenage girl shooting her middle-aged rival in the face, but that was just scratching the surface. Allegations of underage prostitution, murder conspiracies and statutory indiscretions first made headlines, and then found their way into three separate TV-movies and even parodied on an episode of Saturday Night Live, featuring an additional African-American version of the tale, a Masterpiece Theater version (The House of Buttafuoco), and a version with "Tori Spelling." It was the most sensational case of 1992, and the fervor only died down after the OJ Simpson case sped into the news in 1994, but the sensationalism of incident still lingers. Amy, recently participated on the latest season of Celebrity Rehab, revealing her downfall into porn, drugs and alcohol after her release.
Every network was eager to jump on dramatizing the sordid tale, and recruited two of the biggest teen-starlets of the time, Drew Barrymore and Alyssa Milano as well as the lesser known Noelle Parker to portray the wayward teen and all doing their best attempts at Long Island accents. Drew stars in The Amy Fisher Story, Alyssa and the King of TV-movies, Jack Scalia star in Casualities in Love: The "Long-Island Lolita" Story and Noelle Parker takes on Amy Fisher: My Story (also known as Lethal Lolita). "Each (separate film) is from a different perspective: one is from Amy Fisher's perspective, one is from the Buttafuocos' perspective and one is trying to be objective, and it's kind of from a journalist's perspective," says Kapelovitz. "I combine them to get the truth out of all of these perspectives." This mega-mashup highlights the differences in the films, as well as the similarities to paint one complete, sensational picture of the melodrama.
Triple Fischer: The Lethal Lolitas of Long Island, was born in filmmaker Dan Kapelovitz's brain shortly after the Amy Fisher case raced from the news to the primetime line-up. "I had the idea pretty soon after they aired -- which was in '93. It was the first time in television history that every major network made a made-for-TV movie based on the same story, [but] it was kind of like with Avatar, where James Cameron had to wait for the technology to catch up -- I had to wait for the editing to catch up to the concept," says Kapelovitz. All three films proved difficult to track down until these more recent years of information sharing, but now they have been expertly shuffled into one mega mashup masterpiece!
About the Filmmaker:
Dan Kapelovitz studied film at Wesleyan University. His thesis film “The Bastard Son of a Virgin Whore” won the Frank Capra Award for Best Comedy. Kapelovitz then moved to San Francisco, where he worked the graveyard shift as a videotape operator at the base of Sutro Tower. From 1996 to 2006, Kapelovitz produced nearly two hundred episodes of the highly influential experimental TV shows “Threee Geniuses” and “Kapelovision,” while working numerous odd jobs, such as grocery delivery boy, human test subject, and Features Editor of Hustler Magazine. Today, Kapelovitz is an attorney in Hollywood, California, specializing in criminal law.