39 Pounds of Love

Overview

Ami Ankilewitz was born a normal child, but he contracted a rare form of muscular dystrophy when quite young and was not expected to live past the age of six. Ankilewitz managed to beat the odds, and at the age of 34, he was alive and living with his disabilities; despite weighing only 39 pounds and having very limited mobility, Ankilewitz worked as a digital animator in Israel, and had fallen in love with Christina, one of the caregivers who looked after him. When Ankilewitz's romance with Christina fell apart ...
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Overview

Ami Ankilewitz was born a normal child, but he contracted a rare form of muscular dystrophy when quite young and was not expected to live past the age of six. Ankilewitz managed to beat the odds, and at the age of 34, he was alive and living with his disabilities; despite weighing only 39 pounds and having very limited mobility, Ankilewitz worked as a digital animator in Israel, and had fallen in love with Christina, one of the caregivers who looked after him. When Ankilewitz's romance with Christina fell apart around the same time he turned 34, he decided it was time to make a few of his long-time dreams come true -- Ankilewitz wanted to see the United States, ride a motorcycle, and see the doctor who years ago had told him he would not live past six. Given his fragile condition, making Ankilewitz's wish a reality was no small accomplishment, and 39 Pounds of Love is a documentary which follows Ankilewitz and his crew as they worked out the logistics of bringing him to America, as well as their coast-to-coast journey to reunite Ankilewitz with his childhood doctor. Extensive examples of Ankilewitz's animation are also included in the film.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Exclusive interviews; Featurettes; Director's commentary; Ami's animated short film
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • UPC: 094922685063
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Priddy Brothers
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 53,729

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ami Ankilewitz Participant
Technical Credits
Dani Menkin Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Ami Ankilewitz Animator
Sam Bauer Editor
Daniel J. Chalfen Producer
Kim Fishman Associate Producer
David Gil Executive Producer
Chris Gubisch Score Composer
Ilan Heitner Co-producer, Screenwriter
Yoav Kleinman Camera Operator
John Matlick Executive Producer
Geoffrey O'Brien Editor
Randy Paul Co-producer
Paul Petschek Editor
John Priddy Executive Producer
Ed Priddy Executive Producer
Lynn Roth Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 39 Pounds of Love
1. Happy Birthday Ami [4:48]
2. Situation? What Situation? [3:39]
3. Ami's Not Playing the Same [2:45]
4. In Love With Christina [3:45]
5. I Love Ami, But... [3:30]
6. Need to Get Out of Here [3:41]
7. On the Road [4:41]
8. Grand Canyon [2:47]
9. Death & I ... Old Friends [5:56]
10. Pushing On [5:01]
11. Oscar Surprise [7:25]
12. New Passengers [6:36]
13. Final Stop...Miami [6:00]
14. Soul of a Harley Davidson [4:53]
15. Credits & Ami's Animation [4:46]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- 39 Pounds of Love
   Play Film
   Chapter Selection
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Caretaker Auditions
         Childhood Revisited
         Laredo Surprise
      Behind the Scenes
         Behind the Scenes With Director Dani Menkin
         Behind the Scenes With Asaf & Ami
         Vika, Ami's New Love
         Ami's Animation
         Harley Davidson & 39 Pounds of Love
         Special Screening At the United Nations
      Interviews
         Helena
         Oscar
         Christina
         Ami
      Trailer
      Photos
   Set-Up
      Film Commentary: On/Off
      Subtitles: On/Off
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