Creative sibling partnerships have thrived in the world of filmmaking (see: The Russo brothers, the Duplass brothers, the Cohen brothers), and when it comes to their partnership, twin sisters Adamma and Adanne Ebo wouldn’t have it any other way. The two solidified their professional partnership while Adamma was working on her second-year short film at UCLA.
“I was looking to get in on the creative side of things, and she asked me to produce one of her short films for school,” explained Adanne, who was in law school at the time.
“We had to produce our own super small [films] our first year, and I did not enjoy it,” said Adamma, with a laugh. “At the same time, I knew Adanne was feeling like firm life was not going to be for her, and she was wanting to come to the [creative] side of things. I was like, ‘She would be really good at this.’ And she was. She knocked it out of the park.”
Their new film, Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul.—written and directed by Adamma—is a satirical comedy that takes place in the aftermath of a major scandal at Wander to Greater Paths Baptist Church, a megachurch based in Atlanta. At the center of the scandal are Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us) and his wife and first lady Trinitie Childs (Regina Hall, Girls Trip), whose sizable congregation has since departed, resulting in the closure of their church. The Childs subject themselves to being followed by a documentary crew “to chronicle the ultimate comeback,” while, via roadside ministry, they look to refill the halls of their church and return to the pulpit by a fast-approaching Easter Sunday.
I recently had the opportunity on behalf of Art U News to sit down with Adamma and Adanne as well as stars Hall and Brown during a recent press stop in San Francisco to discuss the making of their film.