About the film

This showing of “An Armenian Trilogy” is part of Freep Film Festival’s monthly screening series. It also is a rescheduled showing of the film that was canceled due to a power outage during Freep Film Festival weekend.

Much of metro Detroit music composer Dan Yessian’s career was built upon his ability to create catchy commercial jingles – think Detroit TV classics like his tune for a Dittrich Furs advertisement. But his life takes a dramatic turn when Yessian is asked to write a classical composition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, in which 1.5 million Armenian citizens were murdered by the Turkish Ottoman Empire in 1915. The film follows Yessian’s creative path and the piece’s triumphant debut by the Amenian National Philharmonic Orchestra in Yessian’s ancestral homeland of Armenia. World premiere. 


4:30 p.m. Sat., May 11
Emagine Royal Oak


12:30 p.m. Sat., April 13
Emagine Royal Oak

2:30 p.m. Sun., April 14
Patriot Theater at the
War Memorial

Film credits

Year: 2019
Run time: 48 minutes
Director: Dan Yessian
Producers: Ohad Wilner
Editors: Stewart Shevin
Cinematographer: Matthew Yessian