WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
"So You Like the Neighborhood" is an offbeat crime thriller/comedy. It's based on something that happened to me last summer. It tells the story of a girl who is being evicted from her Brooklyn apartment of 12 years. She goes to drown her sorrows at a nearby bar. There she befriends some locals, who offer to help her with the eviction. They just so happen to be former mafia members, and by "help," they mean something more nefarious.
Making films, even short films, is insane-oh expensive. Especially in New York City! Even when you try and do things on the cheap, it adds up fast! For an aspiring director, a strong short film can be hugely instrumental for professional growth and exposure. Shorts are the first step in the journey of forging a career in film directing.
Your help, however small, is invaluable in this process.
WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO
This is a micro-budget movie, and shooting in New York City is tough and expensive. My cast and crew is working for free, on a deferred basis, or at drastically reduced rates. NYU provides some resources to help bring down the cost, but there are still many expenses that require your support!
These include: Cast, Crew, food, permits, Locations, equipment trucks, camera lenses, Hair & Make-up, Sound Mixing and Sound Design, Grip & Electric Rentals, etc. etc.
"So You Like the Neighborhood" combines suspense, sarcastic humor, thoughtful eccentricity and the threat of violence. It is ultimately a story about unlikely friendship and taking responsibility in one's life.
I like to mine for the humor inside dark, sinister worlds, and to infuse all of my films with comedic elements. A film with a similar tone would be Scorsese’s "After Hours."
Visually I like to use muted colors and pools of shadow. I love creating creepy soundscapes (whale mating calls being a personal favorite); worlds where there is always something nightmarish lurking outside; worlds that are missing the moral framework necessary for producing your typical heroes.
While in the NYU Grad Film program, I directed three films similar in tone, two of which did very well on the festival circuit.
ABOUT WRITER/DIRECTOR: JEAN
Jean Pesce is a Writer/Director who grew up in San Francisco. She is currently a MFA Candidate at NYU.
Jean’s two most recent films, "Mr. Lamb" and "Queso Flameado," played at over twenty-five festivals all over the world, including Woodstock, Dallas International and Melbourne. Mr. Lamb won the Audience Choice Award at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival. Both films found distribution on Indieflix and Brooklyn on Demand. Jean’s feature length mockumentary "The Bard Space Program" was the winner of the Award of Excellence at the Berkeley Documentary Festival.
Jean began her filmmaking career as an intern on Todd Solondz’s "Palindromes." For the next nearly fifteen years, she went on to work professionally in New York City as a Location Manager, Producer, and Editor. She has worked on everything from micro-budget indies to HBO and Warner Bros productions. She was the recipient of the prestigious Peter Gould and TSOA Graduate Scholarship, as well as the MFA Summer Internship Fund granted by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts of Sciences.
Jean currently splits her time between San Francisco and Los Angeles with her rescue dog, Henry.
DP: FELIPE VARA DE REY
A 2011 Fulbright Scholar, Felipe moved from Madrid, Spain to New York City to attend NYU TSOA. He works as a cinematographer and a director, and is currently developing two feature-length scripts. He graduated in 2002 in Political Science. In 2009, he co-founded the Tócalasam Laboratorio Creativo, an independent production company based in Madrid, where he was head of the creative department for over two years. Felipe recently directed his first feature length film, "Nosotros."
PRODUCER: OSCAR HERNANDEZ
Born in and partly raised in Oakland, CA, Oscar is a Mexican-American filmmaker who has been producing professionally in Los Angeles and New York since 2007. He has worked in development and production for Hollywood producers and directors at Universal, Sony, and ESPN. Most recently he has focused on narrative and commercial projects in New York. He is pursuing an MFA in writing and directing at NYU’s Tisch School the Arts.
PRODUCER: CLARE SACKLER
Clare Sackler was born in Oklahoma City and raised just outside of New York City. After graduating from Duke University, she spent several years working in Development at New Regency and Groundswell Productions in Los Angeles, before pursuing an MFA in writing and directing at NYU’s Tisch School the Arts.
PRODUCER: ARLEN KONOPAKI
Arlen Konopaki is a New York City based filmmaker. Originally from Canada, his films have screened at festivals around the world including the Stanley Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Arlen’s work has been featured on IFC.com, Splitsider, the Huffington Post, My Damn Channel, Hot97.com, Complex, Hypebeast, Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, BET, Spin, Billboard and Buzzfeed and he has written digital content for Condé Nast Entertainment. He is a Canadian Comedy Award recipient for his short film work and has been nominated three additional times for his live performances and short films. Arlen currently works as a video producer and director for the men's magazine GQ.
As a cinematographer Arlen has filmed content for Red Bull, Canon, Above Average and worked as a second camera operator on the A&E television show American Takedown. Films that Arlen has shot have screened at the Woodstock Film Festival, The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, the Art of Brooklyn Festival and many more. Recently the web series The Other Kennedys which Arlen shot received a Comedy Central development deal at the New York Television Festival.
A graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Alberta, Arlen is currently working on his thesis in pursuit of his MFA in Film Directing and Cinematography at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
SUPERVISING EDITOR: ERICA FREED MARKER
Recipient of the 2015 Sundance Sally Menke Memorial Editing Fellowship, Erica is a film and television editor, currently on the Netflix original series MARCO POLO. She recently completed Rory Rooney's feature directorial debut UNREACHABLE BY CONVENTIONAL MEANS, and was an additional editor on Michael Showalter's HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS, which won the Audience Award at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and will be distributed by Roadside Attractions. Other film credits include associate editor on THE CONSPIRATOR, directed by Robert Redford, and GODS BEHAVING BADLY, directed by Marc Turtletaub.
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: MILLIE CHO
Millicent Cho was born and raised in New York City. The child of conservative Korean immigrants, she narrowly managed to evade a life as a doctor, lawyer, dentist and/or astrophysicist at NASA to become a writer and director of independent films. Her ideas involve the fantasy lives of women: their dreams, hopes, nightmares. She is a student in the graduate film program at NYU and a Tisch School of the Arts Fellow.
Risks and challenges
I just wanted to thank you for helping me out and supporting me. If you donate, I promise you would not have a more grateful, hardworking, or excited recipient!
I bring energy and enthusiasm to everything I do (I actually won “Most Enthusiastic” in the Third Grade and I have the T-shirt to prove it).
-- JeanLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)