About Chris Gerolmo


when steven soderbergh won his academy award for traffic and dedicated it to everyone out there who spends part of every day making things up, chris gerolmo danced in his living room and cackled: i do that!

he wrote mississippi burning & miles from home. he wrote and directed the witness & citizen x. with steven bochco, he executive produced the fx series about the war in iraq, over there, wrote and directed the pilot and the last episode, and wrote most of the rest of the show.

he also wrote & sang the title song & made his first record that year, i’m your daddy. since then, he’s released a series of singles that add up to an ep called man on fire, will soon release a live album called chris gerolmo & step one live on brave new radio, and is finishing another ep dedicated to the memory of his wife, called a record for joan.

he’s inordinately proud that his song, over there, was nominated for an emmy, although his tv and movie work has been nominated for and won all kinds of awards, including oscars, emmys, cable aces, baftas, edgar allen poes, golden globes & silver bears. in fact, he mostly writes, in his friend producer laura bickford’s inimitable phrase, “awardsy-type shows”.

in the last few years, he’s also started writing a series of children’s books for grownups about the most difficult of subjects, the ones most often shrouded in illusion and denial, including death for beginners, about the death of his wife joan, and the end of the world for beginners, about all the threats to the planet and the race that are out there right now.

he has a new band called chris gerolmo & g.o.d. they go into the studio to record new material in late January 2011.

7 Responses to About Chris Gerolmo

  1. danielle says:

    Just wanted to drop a line and tell you how much I enjoyed Certain Prey, and Monsters Everywhere – Great job to all involved!

    I’ll shamefully admit that I hadn’t heard of you until today; my search for the Certain Prey musical credits led me here. “Man on Fire”, and ” and then it’s gone” …amazing!! So glad I found your site.

    Certain Prey was great. Mark Harmon was perfect for the part. Not that you need me to tell you this, but I’ve found the vast majority of reviews to be positive. Congratulations!! Looking forward to another installment.

    Best wishes for you and yours…

  2. Martin Kidwell says:

    I’m an aspiring screenwriter and was searching online for a copy of the screenplay to “Miles From Home,” a film I’ve always liked, and found your site. I like what you’re doing and just wanted to let you know it.

    BTW, my wife is an excellent singer-songwriter who you might be interested in checking out: http://www.kellybrightwell.com
    She’s gotten some recognition (in the form of songwriting competitions) for her latest release, “Hearts and Home,” and also garnered some attention for her first CD “Wait for Your Spring.” In fact, I’m close to completing a first draft of a screenplay about the Iraq war that incorporates the creation of a number of her songs into the actual story-line, kind of a “Platoon” (or “Over There”) meets “Once.” It’s not as weird as it sounds, though I can’t say how good it is.

    Anyway, I hope you get this and best of luck with your new band.


    • chrisgerolmo says:


      I don’t have a copy of Miles from Home. That predates my use of computers so I don’t know where I’d find one. But thank you for your interest. I’ll check out your wife’s music when I can.

      All the best,

      Chris Gerolmo

  3. Nancy Isaak says:

    Dear Chris,

    Just finished watching “The Bridge” dvd’s the Academy sends me and I immediately recognized your name. You’re the guy who wrote one of my favorite miniseries ever, “Citizen X”.

    Also, loved “The Bridge”. Terribly envious that I’m not working on it.

    Take care. I look forward to whatever you’ll be writing next.
    Nancy Isaak :o)

    P.S. I was heartbroken that Gus wasn’t saved in time.

  4. jamie baldwin says:

    Cool. Here you are. I’ve wanted for years to thank you personally for Mississippi Burning. I show it to my (HS) English classes, kind of as an antidote for To Kill a Mockingbird, another white-side-of-the-story story of race in America and one that, to my mind, does seriously misrepresent the subject (there was a pc by Malcolm Gladwell in The New Yorker not too long ago which makes the point well), and today, working on curriculum, I found your “Mississippi Burning Reconsidered” (which my students from now on will read–formerly I just informed students of the controversy and said why I thought it, the controversy, was BS). Glad you’re not bitter. You have cause.
    I love your movie because it shows so clearly and so well the how the racism Civil Rights activists were up against worked. To my mind, Harper Lee fudges that badly. (Well, credit where credit’s due, the chapter where Aunt Alexandra hosts the mission circle meeting is very good and the jury in the Tom Robinson trial does return the verdict that such a jury would return.)
    To the extent that your movie portrays the Civil Rights Movement it does so very accurately and, I feel, reverently. It amazes me how much actual history you worked into the freedom summer story. The first time I saw the movie (in the theater, when it came out) I wasn’t teaching Mockingbird or the ‘What Happened In/To the 60’s’ course that I teach now. I lived through the period (I was 13 in 1964 and I’d read Mockingbird when that movie came out) and wanted to see your movie but wasn’t very well versed in the history. The movie rang true. Completely. On this first viewing, though, I didn’t like the scene where the FBI Agent scares the mayor because I thought the story the disguised agent tells was over-the-top, gratuitously violent. When I read Taylor Branch’s books and learned the story of the attack on J.E. Aaron, I appreciated your faithfulness to the horror. The funeral scene and the eulogy where the speaker speaks so emotionally and so eloquently (also historically accurate) are magnificent renderings of the Civil Rights movement, but your movie isn’t a portrayal of the civil rights movement. To criticize your movie on that basis is just bad criticism. I tell students they can’t fault a work for not doing something that it’s not attempting to do.
    Anyway, a big THANK YOU for your labor of love. My kids learn a lot from it. What they learn is very important. They love it, and often tell me so again when they watch it again on TV. You did a good thing.

    • chrisgerolmo says:


      Thank you for your kind words. Yours is one of the most generous notes I’ve ever received. Revivifying is the word that comes to mind. I am honored that Mississipi Burning continues to inspire thought and discussion, not only among those alive to remember the events but also students just now learning about them.

      All the best,

      Chris Gerolmo

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