ASBURY PARK, NJ -- This year, the Garden State Film Festival board selected The Bird Catcher to be shown at the festival’s opening night gala. TAPintoTV spoke with one of the producers of The Bird Catcher, Lisa Black, a New Jersey native, about the film and her experience at this year’s festival.

“The Garden State Film Festival is near and dear to me because I was born and raised in Edison, NJ,” said Black. “I’m a Jersey girl all through and through.” 

The Bird Catcher follows a 15-year-old Jewish girl named Esther who finds herself on a Nazi-occupied farm where she is forced to conceal her identity. “It’s a World War II holocaust survivor story,” said Black. “It’s based on a patchwork of true stories of Norwegian Jews.”

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“Esther attempts to flee Norway--which a lot of the Norwegian Jews did--to Sweden,“ said Black, “and all of a sudden, she ends up on this farm and has to play a male farmhand. So she has to hide in plain sight.”

“It’s a little bit of a thriller--I don’t want to give away the ending,” said Black, “but it has a hopeful message at the end.”

The trailer for The Bird Catcher can be seen on Vimeo at For more information about the Garden State Film Festival, visit