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2006 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
In today's society where many educational institutions are struggling
a place that not only incorporates the arts into its curriculum, but also
attempts to get parents involved as well. Such is the case with P.S. 3 in
New York's Greenwich Village, the subject of the curiously named
documentary WHEN FRIED EGGS FLY.
Director Constantine Limperis captures a musical project proposed
by Bruce Mack, a music instructor at the elementary school. Working with
about 150 children, he takes some and forms them into a musical
ensemble, with each child playing an instrument. The rest become part
of the chorus who will perform the original composition about saving the
environment. Mack has tremendous enthusiasm and patience as he
must cajole, entertain and otherwise instruct the children. He also hits
on the novel idea of involving the teachers in writing some of the lyrics
which are supplemented by a brainstorming session with a large group
of children and their parents.
The title comes from a line suggested by one of the kids about
seeing a fried egg fly, and it captures both the imagination and the
whimsy of the children. Limperis also intercuts interviews with some
of the children, allowing them to discuss the project, their involvement,
etc. These sequences are charming and proves that the old television
show "Kids Say the Darndest Things" is still true, even in these more
At just over an hour in length, the film captures the spirit of the
project and ends with a recording session meant to preserve the
piece for the children and their families. This documentary also
serves as a nice time capsule for them and allows audiences a
glimpse at what can be accomplished with youngsters given a chance
to indulge their creativity.