Neighbor

A film by Tony Gapastione

A homeless man witnesses a kidnapping, and when he hunts down the perpetrator he uncovers a dirty secret in suburbia.

Larry camped out in the same alley every night. He always kept to himself and never bothered anyone, until he saw an injustice unfold right before his eyes. He did everything in his power to stop it but trying to prevent a kidnapping almost cost him his life.

He was beaten down and left half dead. With all the strength he could muster, he picked himself up to hunt down the perpetrator. Everything within compelled him to take a stand, to right this wrong, and rescue these girls, these kids.

He never expected to uncover a hidden crime in a perfectly landscaped suburban neighborhood.  Will Larry’s story be accepted or twisted? Is he an acceptable witness or possible suspect? Things are not always what they seem.


Written & Directed by: Tony Gapastione
DP: Matthew Mayotte
Produced by: Jessica Musgrave, Jayson Johnson, Ola Soler, Daniel Emanuel, Tony Gapastione, Soncity Media

Starring: Bruce Beatty, Anjelah Johnson, Dove Meir
Composer: John W. Snyder
Sound Design: Matthew Waters


Director Statement

I wrote this short film because we live in a world that has one too many injustices. I began to notice these tragedies weren't just somewhere else, across town, or in another country, but they were in my city, my neighborhood.

Neigbhor is based on real events that occurred in a suburban community where I live. A community with nice landscaping and white picket fences.

My hope for this short film is for audiences to wonder, ask questions, discuss, fill in the blanks, and perhaps reflect on their own life and neighborhoods.

I want to expose pain (not hide it), because that's how awareness, healing, and action is birthed and lives are changed. I believe good stories can affect change.


Mike Ambs

PO BOX 3464, Running Springs, CA 92382

I love to film things, tell stories, and read on the subway. I'm pretty sure blue whales are my power animal.