Fray: A perseverant little girl struggles to find hope during the last days of her mother’s life.
Seven year old ELEANOR has been forced to grow up fast with her MOTHER’S frequent hospital stays. When a nurse spills the beans about the Mother’s worsening condition, Eleanor begins to look elsewhere for a parent’s love. Wandering through a grown up world, Eleanor wades through examples of family happiness hoping to one day find again what she is losing in her mother.
FRAY is a short film inspired by my daughter, Freya. One day she inquired what my job is and I explained to her how I create background for film, television and commercials. She then asked if I MAKE movies. I was unsure how to answer, “Kind of… Sometimes…” That was enough for Freya. “Can we make a movie, Daddy?” she asked. “Of course!” I answered, excited to have found the perfect bonding experience with my daughter.
Growing up, I spent much time in the hospital visiting my Mother, a single mom battling Multiple Sclerosis. When I was young, she often had to be hospitalized due to her flare ups. I thankfully, had a fantastic support group, but most of all an amazing mother. She and my surrounding family really helped me come to terms with her illness and what happened when she was sick. While writing FRAY, I wondered what it would be like for a child in the same position, but without the support I was fortunate to have had. I began to explore this idea and soon fell in love with the story of a perseverant little girl searching for hope during the last days of her mother’s life.
I’m extremely proud of this script. Freya and I have spent much time playing and rehearsing scenes from the film and it’s been an excellent experience. My daughter continues to amaze me with her incredible talent. Through the years, I have also been fortunate to become friends with an incredible crew all willing to donate their time and expertise to making this film. I can’t wait to share the culmination of all these talents and a great little story with everyone. Over the years, I’ve worked very hard to build my career to this moment, to direct a project that is truly close to my heart. Thank you so much to all who have always, and continue to support me in these efforts. I couldn’t do it without you!
Photographs by Tami Tripp Photography.