Dear Henri, (2017)
Nine-year-old Henri recently lost her beloved namesake and pen pal, Grandpa Henry. She misses him deeply, and his sudden absence raises the question: can their correspondence continue, and if so, how? Henri is old enough to anticipate what grown-ups might say, but young enough to imagine there might be a way.
Over the course of one summer day in Brooklyn, Henri “sends” a series of letters in imaginative ways—nested in the basket of a handmade air balloon, folded into an origami boat that sails into the tunnels under the city—and with each attempt, she imagines the magically circuitous route her message takes to reach her grandfather.
DEAR HENRI, combines live action with animation to depict the vivid inner world of a young girl grappling with cosmic questions. Will she ever receive a response?
Directed by MATTHEW SANDAGER
Written by MATTHEW BURGESS
Produced by MATTHEW SANDAGER & MATTHEW BURGESS
Cast: KEMARI JOY MCCLARY, SHONDRA FLOYD, JOE SULLIVAN, K. LAMONTE JONES
Music by MATT KATZ-BOHEN
Director of Photograpy / Editor - MATTHEW SANDAGER
Assistant Director / Digital Artist - BENEDIKT JOSEF
Sound Recording & Design - TAYLOR BRADSHAW
Consulting Producer - ANDREW GITOMER
Wardrobe - PAUL MARLOW
Stop Motion Animation - MATTHEW SANDAGER
VFX - JASON SANDAGER
ADR Recordist - ANDREY NETBOY
Colorist - TRAVIS JONES
Teepee - JAMES BARTOL