Frank G. Caruso - "This is My Sister"

Frank G. Caruso - "This is My Sister"

Premiere date: May 25, 2012

“This Is My Sister” is a journey of Love, Strength and Commitment, all taught by example, by Earl & Marion Fischer to their three daughters.

In 1957, when nearly all babies born with developmental disabilities were institutionalized, Earl & Marion said, “No, not Mary,” even as the doctors said Mary would not even know their name or may even harm their family.

The sisters take Earl & Marion’s example of what unconditional love is, redefining it evermore.

“This Is My Sister” is a rare, life-affirming journey from those who have been in the shadows, doing the hard work of everyday living. They are the eternal flame of dignity and grace. They ask for nothing and give everything without pause.


Frank G. Caruso|Unlike the filmmakers before him, Frank did not see a film when he was five years old and then dream of becoming a filmmaker. His first dream of what he wanted to achieve in life was breaking the four-minute mile, but genetics would lead him to other dreams. His mother had always told Frank to have many dreams for they are where all things begin. If you do that, you will be on your way to a life filled with joy.

Growing up in Utica, NY, Frank went to the matinees as often as he could. He’d sit and eat five bags of McDonald’s French fries, which cost all of a buck back then. “I smuggled those fries into the Stanley Theater, always waiting to get thrown out by one of the flashlight crazy ushers.” “To me, people never made films—they just appeared from a beam of light onto a two-story screen. And there I would sit, like a king on his throne, surrounded by velvet walls, sitting in my velvet chair, listening to those velvet words, entombed in a giant kaleidoscope.”

In the summer Frank turned 12, he was able to buy a used Kodak M22 with two rolls of film and a Keystone 250 editor. “I filmed everything I saw and called my first film “Lives in the Wind”, which was a distant and maybe the first of its kind look at people living on the streets – old and young, Black, white, dismayed and virtuous. They danced, and sang, and ate from the garbage; it was visceral.” Frank would wait with intense patience for two weeks to get his film back from Tracy Adams, the local photo developer, then run up to the attic, loaded the reels on the Keystone that sat gingerly on his mother’s ironing board and cut the film together. The joy he felt was ineffable. “I fell in love with film that summer and harnessed a new dream”.

The Stanley Theater, where Frank studied film early on, would become his beloved Stanley Pictures production company. Frank has written, produced and directed several feature films and documentaries. His award winning screenplay and film short “The Red Umbrella” was Sony’s “Shoot Like a Pro” number one video this past year. He has created commercial videos for corporations and small businesses. Most recently, he is deep in production with his documentary “What Color are My Eyes,” the story of the labor movement that will be narrated by Norman Gilliland.

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