So You Like the Neighborhood


A dark comedy about a girl who gets dumped by her boyfriend and then evicted from her Brooklyn apartment, all in the same day. When she goes to drown her sorrows at a nearby bar, 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 rather more nefarious. Things quickly spin out of control when she impulsively agrees to meet with a mafia hit man about “eliminating” her ex-boyfriend and landlord. “So You Like the Neighborhood” is Jean Pesce's Graduate Thesis Film at NYU. It is a dark comedy and (mostly) true story.

  • Dark Comedy

  • Short Film, 17 min

  • Written & Directed by: Jean Pesce

  • Producers: Jean Pesce, Oscar Hernandez, Clare Sackler

  • Cinematography: Felipe Vara de Rey

  • Composer: Ariel Marx



Sarah Stiles, “Wendy”

Sarah Stiles is a two-time Tony nominee. She was nominated for the Tony Award in 2019 for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in TOOTSIE, as well as in 2015 for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in HAND TO GOD. Sarah is a series regular on the FX show GET SHORTY and plays the character of Bonnie Barella in Showtime’s BILLIONS. She performed the role of Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in AVENUE Q, and performed in the musical VANITIES, in which she played the character of Joanne. She also leads's latest vlog, "What's Gonna Happen.”


Carmine Raspaolo, “Guido”

Carmine is an Italian born, New York City based actor known for THE BROOKLYN BANKER, MASTER OF NONE, THE FALLEN, TRUE CRIME: NEW YORK CITY and BOARDWALK EMPIRE.


Ernest Mingione, “Vinny”

Ernest Mingione is a veteran television actor known for playing Lt. Kowalski in THIRD WATCH, and has appeared in RESCUE ME, LAW & ORDER, DAMAGES, and AS THE WORLD TURNS. He is also known for his work in the films OBVIOUS CHILD (2014) and SUMMER OF SAM (1999).


Vince Bandille, “Moose”

Vince performed a one-person show, 3 EGG CREAMS, written and directed by George Cameron Grant, in Asbury Park, Jersey Fringe in Hammonton, NJ, and Off-Broadway in NYC's Cutting Room. He played Willy Loman in Playhouse 22's production of DEATH OF A SALESMAN, performed in Gaspare DiBlasi's 50 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT FRANK at The Theater for The New City, and played a hard drinking, chauvinistic boss in Theresa Rebeck's WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST at The June Havoc Theatre in NYC. He played the title character in Bill Sorice's award winning short film, VINNY VINO, later cast in Hughes William Thompson's short film A NEW MAN which won the Cannes Lions Young Director Award 2014.


Corey Sullivan, “Del the Assassin”

Corey is a New York based actor. He attended Bard College, where he studied theater and theology, as well as Harvard University, where he was a Teaching Fellow, and the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training. As Research Associate at NYU Abu Dhabi, he studied and trained in theatrical forms all across the Middle East and South East Asia, including Japan, India, Nepal, Bali, Thailand, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. He is an Associate Artist of Theater Mitu, with whom he has been a Resident Artist at the Sundance Institute, New York Theater Workshop and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center. He has performed at Shakespeare in the Park The Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, The Vineyard Theater, New Victory Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, American Repertory Theater, Moscow Art Theater and the Chekhov Estate in Melikhovo, Russia, as well as various films.


Matt Hopkins, “Liam”

Matt Hopkins is a New York based actor born and raised in Vermont. He is known for his voice work on Grand Theft Auto V as well as on Verizon commercials. He was the lead in the award winning feature film BEHIND THE MIRROR (2015) and has worked on many shorts including THE RIVER (2013) and FUTURE STATES (2013). He was the lead guitarist in the band Hadoken and now performs regularly with Brooklyn's Kent Odessa.



Oscar Hernandez, Producer

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.


Clare Sackler, Producer

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.


Felipe Vara de Rey, Director of Cinematography

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. He just shot his first feature, a Spike Lee Joint called SEE YOU YESTERDAY, directed by Stefon Bristol. He 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.


Millicent Cho, Production Designer, Wardrobe Designer, and Props. (Yup! She did all that!)

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.


Ariel Marx, Composer

An award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist, Ariel Marx draws from many different genres and often combines orchestral and rare instruments with electronics to create unique worlds of sound. 

Most recently, Ariel co-composed the score for Edward James Olmos’ feature THE DEVIL HAS A NAME, starring David Strathairn, Kate Bosworth, Pablo Shreiber, Edward James Olmos, Alfred Molina, Martin Sheen, Haley Joel Osment, and Kate Asleton. 

She also wrote the score for the Emmy-nominated HBO film THE TALE, directed by Jennifer Fox, and starring Laura Dern, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter, Ellen Burstyn, Common and John Heard. She wrote the score for Shawn Snyder's TO DUST— starring Géza Röhrig and Matthew Broderick — which won the Best New Narrative Director and Narrative Audience Awards at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, Galt Niederhoffer’s 10 THINGS WE SHOULD DO BEFORE WE BREAK UP, starring Christina Ricci and Hamish Linklater. She also wrote the score for Sarah Pirozek's #LIKE, starring Sarah Rich and Marc Menchacha.


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Manish Achyara Film Production Award

Roger King Finishing Funds Grant

Sara Driver Film Production Award


National Board of Review, “So You Like the Neighborhood, Directed by Jean Pesce,” April, 2018

Directed by Women, “#IndyShorts: Women Directors Share Insights About Their Short Films,” By Barbara Ann O’Leary | July 17, 2018

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