Letter to Our Children

An operatic love letter to the everyday heroes in our lives.

  • Christopher Ash
    Director
  • Maria Sensi Sellner
    Conductor
  • Justine F Chen
    Composer
  • Jacqueline Goldfinger
    Writer
  • Maria Sensi Sellner
    Producer
  • Laurel Semerdjian
    Key Cast
    "Mezzo-soprano (singer)"
  • Sandro Leal-Santiesteban
    Key Cast
    "Violin 1 (musician)"
  • Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez
    Key Cast
    "Violin 2 (musician)"
  • Si Yu
    Key Cast
    "Viola (musician)"
  • Ryan Ash
    Key Cast
    "Cello 1 (musician)"
  • Will Teegarden
    Key Cast
    "Cello 2 (musician)"
  • Nuiko Wadden
    Key Cast
    "Harp (musician)"
  • Mary Tuomanen
    Assistant Director
  • Kristian Tchetchko
    Recording Engineer
  • Project Type:
    Music Video, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Decameron Opera Coalition 2021-22
    Online
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Paris Short Film Awards 2022

    France
    Best Music Video
  • Royal Society of Television & Motion Picture Awards 2022

    Official Selection
  • Golden Bridge Istanbul Short Film Festival 2022

    Turkey
    Official Selection
  • Oaxaca FilmFest 2022

    Official Selection
  • Iconic Images Film Festival 2022

    Official Selection
  • Symbiotic Film Festival 2022

    Official Selection
  • Anatolia International Film Festival 2022

    Official Selection
  • Spain International Film Festival 2023

    Official Selection
  • Maharashtra International Film Festival 2023

    Official Selection
  • India Film Festival 2023

    Official Selection
Director Biography - Christopher Ash

Philadelphia-based Designer and Filmmaker, Christopher Ash’s work has been seen in 13 countries and been recognized for 15 awards. Equally at home designing projections, scenery or lighting for theatre, opera, and dance as well as direction and cinematography for film. Christopher is currently involved in a multi-phase Guggenheim Works and Process commission with artist John Jarboe that is exploring gender resulting from an act of cannibalism. He is also co-creator of an ongoing multi-sensory performance piece “Body Language” with Dublin based dance artist David Bolger and CoisCéim Dance Theatre that has been experienced at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This piece combines choreography with real-time live interviews, photography, video projection, and music. His opera designs have been seen at The Met, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera, and Houston Grand Opera, and broadway credits include, Sunday in the Park with George (starring Jake Gyllenhaal), Saint Joan, Network, The Prince of Broadway, the Crucible, and On The Town. Christopher holds an MFA in design from the Yale School of Drama.

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