Jean Geraldine Pesce worked in film production in New York City as a Location Manager before attending NYU Film School where she received her MFA in Writing and Directing.
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 for "Best Short Film" at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. It stars Tony Nominee and star of Epix's "Get Shorty" as well as Showtime's "Billions," Sarah Stiles.
Jean’s feature screenplay, a dark comedy called The Rovers, (aka. Cuttlefish) was the recipient of the Richard Vague Production Fund, and was one of six Finalists in the Black List’s 2017 Feature Writers Lab, a Finalist in the 2016 Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Comedy Competition, and was a Quarterfinalist in the The Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. It is also a Finalist for the 2018 Richard Vague Production Fund. Fingers crossed!
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 thirty 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, The Bard Space Program and 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.