Chris Fragale is an accomplished multi-instrumental musician and songwriter. Born in Rockland County NY, Chris earned a BA from the New School for Social Research NYC where he studied literature before attending the University of Georgia for his Masters in Social Work. He currently lives in Providence RI.
Chris has scored soundtracks for award winning short films, The Guy Knows Everything (2012), Date Night (2011) and Simone (2010) and Parting (2008).
Chris wrote, played and recorded all instruments on his solo project, Comrade Jackson (iTunes), as well as wrote and played guitar in the popular punk band Gavage. Past music projects included Masters of Vessels, Chuck Jackson, Cockman Oppressor, Circus Sex Star, Retrocycle, and Harold.
Chris is also a produced playwright and has contributed his writing skills to the screenplays of Parting, The Guy Knows Everything, and now his full involvment with the feature screenplay of Mayfly.
Christopher Fragale ... Writer / Music Composer
I always believed from the start, when Jason brought the idea to me, was that Mayfly had to be about the essential tension between what made us essentially human: individual freedom or the act of responsibility to others over your own needs. Though this general idea has been well worn (cue Camus, existentialists et al) I felt this was a very American theme, something that, even more than ever, we were struggling with as a country.
As such the script played on many American tropes: the road movie, the small town family, an idea of the west and California as a destiny, the idea of celebrity and stardom as a fix from the everyday, etc. It was about what happened when idealism met with realism in a harsh clash. Even at the outset, though they are young lovers to each other, each is operating on their own naive needs when they set out on their adventure. They want to fulfill unmet futures and desires. The fact that they have found a partner in this pursuit is what allows their individual needs to take flight. It is only in learning, through the challenges and difficulties that they face, the importance of another. Though they may strike out for individual freedom, the importance is only in relation to the one who shares the struggle, the challenges, the freedom you seek.
Idealism and Realism are not separate strands, but a combined thread that makes the whole. As young, sheltered lovers, they have not yet been tested and understood the world in all its complexity. As such they are new-born, innocent, and challenge the conventional. They provoke the forgotten, childish dreams, of those they meet. They challenge the projections of who we think we were supposed to be versus what our lives have become. They present Eden to after Eden. But though in this they follow the inevitable toward death, they discover that living is truly about whom you have given your life to while alive.