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A provocative short film about two female childhood friends who announce their adoption of an Ethiopian boy over a celebratory dinner.
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Narrative Short Film + Female Gaze + Present Political & Social Climate + an African-American Writer & a White Immigrant Writer collaborating in the writer's room...

Short film "Amadi Comes Home" stems from the viral video impact of “Casting Call | The Project” by Co-Creators Julie Asriyan, Laura E. Bray and Jenna Ciralli - a call to action for female-driven, inclusive content creation. 

As a collective, we wished to move from activism to narrative story-telling as an organic next step: the practice to our theory. As such Co-Writers Laura E. Bray and April Matthis brought us a provocative script from the heated talks of the time - furthering discussion with an inclusive group of women around race relations in the US. 

Co-Writers April Matthis and Laura E. Bray
Co-Writers April Matthis and Laura E. Bray

It was important to us to show the hurt and anger within a heated conversation that doesn't resolve itself. We feel that it is in our ability to really talk and really listen to one another, that we can go into this uncomfortable (and important) place within the work. For "Amadi Comes Home" intends to ask more questions than answers while anchoring the story in it's main concern: a child's well being. Our writers intend a unique, justified POV for each character looking out for Amadi - creating a human, moral gray area where the lines of right vs. wrong and protagonist vs. antagonist are blurred.

Cast "Amadi Comes Home" : Julie Asriyan, April Matthis, Lauren Villegas, Jenna Ciralli, Kezia Bernard-Nau and Makai Williams
Cast "Amadi Comes Home" : Julie Asriyan, April Matthis, Lauren Villegas, Jenna Ciralli, Kezia Bernard-Nau and Makai Williams

We intend to submit Amadi to the film festival circuit and invite you all to join as producers along the way.  Not only is our goal to get this project completed and out into the world, but also to continue to build our community...a community that gives voice to women, the underrepresented and their stories. We love having a creative family and want it to keep growing. Furthermore, we hope Amadi can be used as a calling card for a feature film. We wish to take the whole team on this long journey, beginning with the short film format. 

Your donations will help us to meet our planned shoot dates in March, 2019. We will have one weekend of rehearsals and plan to be on set the next weekend. We will be renting a household space where the entire film will be set. Please see below for the donation break down. 

We are honored to hold Fiscal Sponsorship via FROM THE HEART PRODUCTIONS. This means that all financial investments to help make this project possible are tax deductible. Their IRS 501(c )3 Certification can be viewed HERE. Your donations will go towards: location - 28%, crew - 40%, talent -10%, catering - 9%, equipment 6% and insurance 7%.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. We so hope you can join our team ! 

Love,

The Amadi Comes Home Team   

MEET THE TEAM ! 

April Matthis and Laura E. Bray
April Matthis and Laura E. Bray

 Laura E. Bray || Writer || Producer

Laura is an Australian writer based in NYC. Her first play produced in New York placed second in the Venus Theater Festival. More recently, moving into work for the small screen, her pilot 'Undocumented' was optioned by Escapade Media & Alex Alexander at 412 Entertainment and is currently sparking interest from both American and Australian networks. Her writing has placed in festivals such as The Gateway LA/Australians In Film Awards, The Finish Line Script Competition and The Austin Film Festival - TV Pilot section) || WEBSITE ||

April Matthis || Writer || Actor "Nicole" 

April is a New York-based writer/performer originally from Texarkana, TX. An Obie Award-winning actor, April has worked consistently in the New York downtown theater scene for the nearly twenty years. Notable theater credits include world premieres at Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center, and The Public Theater, most recently with the groundbreaking experimental theater company Elevator Repair Service, where she is a company member. April is an alumnus of The Sundance Institute’s Theater Lab where she has helped develop new works for the stage. She is currently in development for her lead feature film debut, premiering in 2019. || IMDB || WEBSITE || REEL ||

Julie Asriyan || Director || Producer || Actor "Taline" 

 Julie is an actor, director, producer, photographer and editor who’s work has been featured in IndieWire Women & Hollywood, Huffington Post, NY Magazine, LA Magazine, Adweek, and Time Out NY. She is a NYIT nominee for Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role and a 2017 Webby Award Honoree. She 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 RogerEbert.com . Her ultra short film HOME, an allegorical take on her own experience of forced displacement, has been named finalist in director’s Terry George x Creative Armenia human rights film challenge. A multicultural and multilingual creative and performing artist, who's personal work explores the experience of otherness. Julie stars in “Our City. Our Story” commercial campaign for the 9/11 memorial & museum – which highlights her personal story as a refugee, an actor and a New Yorker.    || WEBSITE ||  IMDB    || 

Jenna Ciralli || Producer || Actor "Anna" 

Jenna is a New York and Montana based actor, writer & producer. She classically trained in the theater (BA Theatre Arts, Acting, with Honors, Minor - English Literature, Willamette University) with NYC performances at The Flea, Access Theater, Theater Row & the Barrow Group followed by acting for film, tv & commercials. Her award winning short film 'Willow Creek Road,' a Big Sky Grant recipient from the Montana Film Office, is currently on the festival circuit, Directed by Francesca Mirabella. (Best Performance of Fest, Best Performance of Year Nomination, Actors Awards, LA, Best Made in Montana Film - Montana International Film Festival, Best Cinematography Short - NYC Chain Film Festival, Best Narrative Short - Monmouth Film Festival, Best Actress - South Dakota Film Festival) || IMDB || WEBSITE || REEL ||

Kezia Bernard-Nau || Producer || Actor "Michelle" 

Kezia is a Trinidad native and an actor, writer & producer. A graduate of the Terry Knickerbocker Studio's 2 Year Professional Training Program in NYC, she spent her formative years in Trinidad, moving to Brooklyn at the age of eight. Kezia continually uses her black and Caribbean roots to inform and drive her work as a performer in film & tv. Some of her work includes commercials for American Family Insurance and Autotrader. Kezia has also done theatrical work, taking on theatrical activism head on and putting a voice to women who have been battered. Her performance A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer raised over $2000 for The Voices of Women and Girls benefit.

Her work is geared towards including voices that are misunderstood and underrepresented.||  IMDB || WEBSITE ||

Jessica Burgess || Co-Director || Co-Producer 

Jessica 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. With a background in Art History, her work often focuses on the visual arts and contemporary artists. 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.

You can check out her work || HERE ||

Kendall Cooper || Co-Producer || Casting Director 

Kendall is an established Casting Director and Producer. Her expansive list of credits include work on: Home Land, Detroit, The Oscar nominated feature Loving, Mercy Street for PBS, and presently Little Women directed by Greta Gerwig.|| IMDB || WEBSITE ||

Blaine Dunkley || Cinematographer

Blaine  is a freelance Cinematographer and Photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to his years of experience behind a still camera, his DP credits include over 15 narrative shorts, three features, and countless commercials, music videos, web series' and plugs. Blaine has lensed projects for Jack Daniels, Enterprise, Fed-Ex, Virgin, Gibson, VEVO and Discovery networks. His Cinematography was most notably featured in Juicy Couture founders Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor's film "California Eccentrics" and "Romantic Encounters with Melinda Hill" a raucous internet TV comedy starring many of Hollywood's most loved comedians. || IMDB || WEBSITE || INSTAGRAM || REEL ||

Cheyenne Ford || Art Director 

Raised in New Orleans, Ford has an affinity for plants, bright colors, a melange of architecture, and the use of improvisation. In narrative work, She loves to explore the beauty in darkness and the psychological wonders surrounding life and death. The filmmaking process excites her most when many components meld together through humble collaboration and elevate the story to something new and unexpected. Some of her most recent work includes the recently released Feature Film Wilding, starring Liv Tyler, Bel Powley and Brad Dourif. || IMDB || WEBSITE || INSTAGRAM ||

Risks and challenges

* Provocative material and images -- we feel we are taking a big risk here and could only do it together, with this team. We wish to rally inclusive support for this project !

* Meeting our deadlines with a large team -- “now” is of the essence. We have a busy, globe trotting team and need to push to get everyone in the same room before other commitments claim them.

* In order to make one location visually textured and compelling, we require certain equipment and support for our creative team to have the tools they need to diversify the shot list and tackle the stagnancy of the “dinner table” drama.

* Timeliness of material - written for the NOW - which means we have to keep moving this project towards post and film festival submissions within a certain window.

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