Synopsis by Josh Ralske
Bruce Mack is a music teacher at P.S. 3 in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, known as the "hippie school," because of its freewheeling, creativity-focused approach to elementary education. Documentarian Constantine Limperis captured Mack as he undertook an ambitious project, getting 162 eight-year-olds -- with the participation of their parents and their teachers -- to compose, perform, and record a song with an environmentalist theme. Limperis follows Mack as he trains the children to play their instruments, has them vote on chord progressions suggested by the kids, and engages teachers and parents to come up with compelling lyrics for the song, which will eventually performed for the neighborhood and put on CD. The students, pushed hard by Mack, deal with the immense deadline pressure and struggle with the self-discipline necessary to focus on the task at hand, and the cooperation necessary to perform well together as a group. When Fried Eggs Fly had its world premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, as part of the Tribeca Family Festival.