Amadi Comes Home

  • Director

    Julie Asriyan, Jessica Burgess

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, Unknown, 11 minutes 54 seconds

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

Date, Time & Location:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH • 4:45 pm – 6:45 pm
MoMI Redstone • 36-01 35th Ave • Queens, NY 11106


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When two female childhood friends announce their adoption of an Ethiopian boy over a celebratory dinner, the evening takes a heated turn as guests debate raising a black boy by white women in present day America.


  • Julie Asriyan, Director, Home, Casting Call|The Project, Fly
  • Jessica Burgess, Director, The Graveyard Shift, Demo, Letter To A Friend
  • April Matthis, Writer, New Amsterdam, Black Card, Fugitive Dreams
  • Laura E. Bray, Writer, Undocumented, Big Smoke, Z -Born
  • Jess Burgess, Producer, The Graveyard Shift, Demo, Letter To A Friend
  • Kezia Bernard-Nau, Producer, United States vs. White Men, Fractured Souls, Vegan’s Delight
  • Julie Asriyan, Producer, Home, Casting Call|The Project, Fly
  • Laura E. Bray, Producer, Undocumented, Big Smoke, Casting Call|The Project
  • Jenna Ciralli, Producer, Willow Creek Road, Casting Call|The Project, Homestead
  • Julie Asriyan, Key Cast”, Taline”The Blacklist, Russian Doll, Game Over, Kryptonights, Terrifier
  • April Matthis, Key Cast, “Nicole”New Amsterdam, Black Card, Fugitive Dreams
  • Jenna Ciralli, Key Cast, “Anna”Willow Creek Road, Homestead, A Crime To Remember
  • Kezia Bernard-Nau, Key Cast, “Michelle”United States vs. White Men, Fractured Souls, Vegan’s Delight
  • Lauren Villegas, Key Cast, “Jackie”Project Am I Right, Jesus Christ Superstar, In The Heights
  • Rebecca Larkin, Key Cast, “Aliza”The Rub, Melissa & Dave, Making The Grade

Director Statement

Amadi Comes Home is directed by Julie Asriyan and Jessica Burgess. The film explores the intricate friendships between women of diverse backgrounds and delves into race relations in modern day America. The screenplay written by April Mattis and Laura E.Bray is an official selection of HollyShorts Film Festival screeplay competition 2018, and quarter-finalist in the BlueCat Screenplay competition as well as ScreenCraft Film Fund.

Director Biography

Julie Asriyan is an award-winning actor and filmmaker who’s work has been featured in IndieWire Women & Hollywood, Huffington Post, NY Magazine, LA Magazine, Adweek, and Time Out NY. Julie is the co-creator/director of Casting Call | The Project – a viral web video addressing women’s representation in film and TV– dubbed “A MUST-SEE VIDEO” by and a Webby Award Honoree recipient.
Her ultra short film HOME, an allegorical take on her own experience as a refugee is a finalist in director’s Terry George x Creative Armenia human rights film challenge.

Jessica Burgess is an award-winning director and producer who has created for clients such as MoMA, Jay-Z’s Life+Times, Vice, Gravity Media, and the art blog, Future Tongue. In narrative work, she loves small-town characters with outsized personalities and uses her upbringing in the mountains of North Carolina to inform their visual landscapes.
Jess’ work has screened around the country at festivals such as New Orleans Film Festival, Slamdance, and Big Apple Film Festival.