Jesse Soursourian is an Armenian-American writer and director based in New York City. He co-directed the documentary film MOTHERLAND, about the women de-miners of Nagorno-Karabakh, which has screened at over a dozen festivals around the world including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Camden International Film Festival, and many others.
As a screenwriter, he wrote the script for the short film Hugh the Hunter, directed by Oscar nominee Zachary Heinzerling, and which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. His feature screenplays have gained recognition from numerous festivals and contests including Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope, in which he was a quarterfinalist. As a director, Jesse's short documentary, They Were Afraid of Us, screened at multiple festivals at home and abroad. Jesse has an MFA in Screenwriting from Columbia University.
"Beginning with my experience on construction sites in downtown New York City, through my life as a community organizer for a progressive political party in the Bronx and upstate, I try to bring a social consciousness to my narratives."