The Father
And the Sounds of His World

The father role of Lawrence Archer in Parallel Chords (overture), is inspired by my father, classical concert pianist, Ray Dudley. He was a tremendouse influence on me, and we bonded through music early on. As time went on though, I became more interested in a combination of things, particularly life outside of classical music. It's all very tricky, because I also love what my father did, and I appreciate (and even teach) classical music. But I'm also interested in how multiple art forms work together. ~ C D-Rose


The character of Jaqueline yearns to explore sounds, music, and rhythm outside of the world of classical music. As a child, she bonds with her father, appreciating and understanding the depths and power of 'his' music. The short film picks up once Jaqueline is grown, and has spent thousands of hours alone practicing with her father. She finds herself drawn to boys, teenage rebellion, and the play "Uncle Vanya", which speaks to her deeply. She yearns to express herself through words rather than music, while she seeks out her own voice.

Emerson Joy Millar 

Featured Violinist - On screen "double"

Emerson Millar began her violin studies with Kirsten Marshall at Ithaca Talent Education when she was seven years old.  She had further studies with Linda Case, David Upegraff,  Zvi Zeitlin and Brian Lewis.  At 12 years old, Emerson was accepted to Juilliard’s Pre College where she studied with Catherine Cho.   Emerson was recently named a YoungArts Winner through the National Foundation for the Arts, and is the recipient of a generous Career and Education Grant from the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation.  She has performed as a soloist with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra. Emerson is a Bachelor of Music candidate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she studies with Robert Lipsett. 


Danielle Howle

Musician | Co-Producer



Considered by many to be South Carolina's best kept musical secret, Danielle Howle is a punk rock girl with the voice of a honkeytonk, angel. Opening for such diverse acts as Bob Dylan, Ani Difranco, Fugazi, and Indigo girls; she has garnered worldwide acclaim while somehow remaining under the radar of mainstream America. Now is the time for South Carolina to share its secret with the rest of America. Danielle is the Co-Producer for Parallel Chords (overture) and her music represents the "other sound" of the daughter. Danielle's music is used throughout the movie as the counterpoint to the classical pieces.