Jean Pesce worked in New York film production as a Location Manager before attending NYU where she received her MFA in screenwriting and film directing.
Jean recently co-wrote her first episode of television for the UCP/USA/Amblin series, Brave New World. Her feature screenplay, a dark comedy called Cuttlefish (aka. “The Rovers”), was the winner of the Richard Vague Production Fund, was selected for the Black List’s Feature Writers Lab, and was a Finalist in the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Comedy Competition.
Jean's NYU thesis film, a dark comedy called So You Like the Neighborhood had its World Premiere in April 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was officially shortlisted for the 2018 BAFTA Student Film Awards, was the Winner of the 2018 National Board of Review Student Grant Program, was the 2nd Prize Wasserman Winner at NYU's First Run Film Festival, and was the winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. It stars two-time Tony Nominee and star of Epix's "Get Shorty" as well as Showtime's "Billions," Sarah Stiles.
Jean’s pre-thesis film at NYU, Mr. Lamb, was selected to air on PBS as part of KQED's Film School Shorts program. It played at over twenty film festivals all over the world and won the Audience Choice Award at the 2013 Williamsburg Independent Film Festival. Her next short, Queso Flameado, was in competition for the Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival in the Shorts Program and was picked up for distribution by both IndieFlix and Brooklyn on Demand. While a film student at Bard College, Jean directed two films: a feature length mockumentary called The Bard Space Program and dark comedy/drama called The Foibles.
While living in New York, Jean was in a Brooklyn-based punk band called The Jean Geraldines, in which she sang and played guitar.
A native of San Francisco, Jean currently lives in Los Angeles with her rescue dog, a Brussels Griffon named Henry.