• Director

    Jesca Prudencio

  • Country, Year, Length

    United States, 2023, 10:38

  • Category

    Narrative Short

  • Format


  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

CREEPY AND TERRIFYING: 2 films that will make your hair stand straight up.

April 21, 2024 @ 6:00PM • MoMI – Redstone

Film Bloc Line Up:


A curious young boy and his family arrive at an AirBnb filled with birdhouses that are both whimsical…and haunting.


Jesca Prudencio, Director
Walker Hare, Writer, Thorp, Full Ride, Sunshine
Liz Printz, Producer, Thorp, Sunshine
Walker Hare, Producer, Thorp, Sunshine
Arian Cartaya, Key Cast, “Juan”, Gordita’s Chronicles

Director Statement

“We have a lot to learn from children. They have a wonder, abandon, play, and presence that I personally strive for every day. Unfortunately that wonderment and openness can be the very thing that puts them in danger. When I first read this screenplay, I was immediately drawn to how the magical elements of this world infiltrate the psychology of the characters. This intimate film captures purity of how one young boy silences fear and leans into the adventure in front of him.

A pied piper tale told today, Birdhouse explores the fine line between fear and bravery, and the price paid for curiosity.”

Director Biography

Jesca Prudencio is a director, choreographer, and community based artist. She is dedicated to developing new theatrical works that humanize issues and explore the tension between cultures. She focuses on new plays, musicals, film, and dance theater in New York, regionally, and internationally. Jesca has developed new work at The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, East West Players, The Lark, NAMT, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Space on Ryder Farm, La MaMa, Joe’s Pub, and The Movement Theatre Company.

Jesca is the recipient of several fellowships including being the inaugural recipient of The Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship which supported her travels through Thailand, Japan, and The Philippines throughout 2017 as she researched and trained in traditional and contemporary forms of theater in each country. She was recently named a 2021 Woman To Watch on Broadway by the Broadway Women’s Fund.

She has a passion for pushing boundaries to what theatre can be by experimenting in documentary theatre, performance art, and immersive theatre. Her 2019 production A&Q: a documentary theater performance shed light on people who are directly affected by the war on drugs in the Philippines, and their 2018 piece Nohing used dozens of stories and portraits of women and femme-identifying individuals around sexual assault in public spaces. She directed and choreographed PDA as part of the 2019 La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival, exploring the relationships of three real couples and how they love out loud. Jesca is currently developing an immersive happening for Virgin Voyages newest cruise ship The Resilient Lady.

As an educator, she has taught workshops and courses at numerous universities and institutions across the U.S. and Asia. Jesca was the former Education Director at Ping Chong + Company, where she worked as a writer, director, and associate on a dozen interdisciplinary and documentary theater projects across the U.S., including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, BAM, and The Smithsonian. Jesca is currently on faculty as Head of Directing at San Diego State University. She holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch, and an MFA in Directing from UC San Diego.