386 Films, is an award winning production company, formed a few months after Joops responded to a Craigslist ad by Mike looking for fellow filmmakers in the Daytona Beach area. The initial meeting of 12 people dwindled until the two remained with a shared goal to produce high quality projects. ‘The Guy Knows Everything’ marks the sixth film project the two have worked on together. After working out the kinks of the first project, the little seen ‘Mama’s Boys’ a comedy in 2007, they found their working groove with ‘Breaking Val’ (2007), ‘Parting’ (2008), ‘Simone’ (2010) and ‘Date Night’ (2011). There have been a few commercial, fashion films and music video projects thrown in along the way. The source material has been a mix of self-penned and optioned scripts. Their work has been seen in multiple festivals around the world, broadcast TV, and was a featured selection of the London Film Society. The work has been honored with festival awards, and two critics pick for Top 5 short film of 2011 and 2012.
Michael L. Long, a Florida native, has been working on and off for the last 20+ years on various short films, fashion films, commercials and instructional video projects. He co-founded 386 Films in 2007 and has produced award winning short films; The Guy Knows Everything(2012), Date Night (2011), Parting (2010), Simone (2008), Breaking Val(2007) and Mama's Boys (2007). His hands-on talent behind the camera strengthened 386 Films' reputation in quality visual storytelling that lead to an invite to hold a VIP showcase for The Guy Knows Everything at Sundance Film Festival in 2013.
After a 10-year stint as a Daytona Beach FL police officer and detective, Mike traded in his service gun to continue in the field of filmmaking and started Glideshot Industries, a manufacturer of camera jibs and dollies. His company has since catered to professional and indie filmmakers all over the world.
Mike is a huge horror fan and boasts an incredible collection of DVDs.
Jason "Joops" Fragale is an award winning writer/director known for critically acclaimed short films The Guy Knows Everything (2012), Date Night (2011), Parting (2010), Simone (2008), Breaking Val (2007) and Mama's Boys (2007). He co-founded 386 Films in 2007 and has produced music videos, fashion films, and commercials among various promotional projects.
His work has garnered a Best Director's Choice award (Melbourne International Film Festival), Best Director (Innovative Film Festival), a few "director to watch" reviews and various nominations including best editing (Date Night) at the Visionfest NYC. A highlight was a VIP Showcase of The Guy Knows Everything at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013.
With the decision to pursue a feature project, Joops presented three ideas to his partners at 386 Films. Mayfly, was his throwaway idea, until it was unanimously voted as the one. He reluctantly spearheaded the writing, working through numerous story changes with his co-writers until all were satisfied.
Growing up in the small NY hamlet of Nyack, his education is in illustration, advertising design, graphics, and TV production. His design work has been honored with a Gold Addy award for web design. He has also been in front of the camera as an actor and puppeteer.