Jesse Soursourian is a writer and director based in New York City. 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 as well as other festivals around the world. 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. He recently completed a short documentary, MOTHERLAND, about the women deminers of Nagorno-Karabakh. 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. I graduated from Columbia University with an M.F.A. in screenwriting, and co-wrote a short film, Hugh the Hunter, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. "