We Know Where You Live

By Honora Talbott | Comedy
A Mexican-American couple moves into a trendy, gentrifying L.A. area. But their hipster neighbors aren't what they seem.

A newlywed Latinx couple, Javier and Mariana, moves into a “nice” neighborhood in L.A., snagging a house in an up-and-coming area of the city.

They’re greeted warmly by Kwan and Billi, two hipster neighbors fluent in the signifiers of urban bohemianism and offering themselves as guides to the neighborhood. Keen to make a connection, they arrive at dinner one night, bearing tacos and a succulent for a housewarming gift. But as the night goes on, it becomes clear that the neighbors aren’t as friendly or “woke” as they seem.

Director and comedian Honora Talbott, along with co-writer Bill Posley, has created a comedy with a thriller twist, with a sharp eye for cultural satire and the impact of economic dynamics on social reality.

Sunny and amiable in feel and rhythm with bright cinematography and an almost jazzy score, the film’s wit is found less in slapstick pranks and gags and more in tart, smart writing, which skewers a very specific yet socially recognizable hipster culture fueled by BuzzFeed, Instagram and hashtags — as well as the dynamics of urban gentrification and the resulting displacement of Latino communities in Los Angeles.

Kwan and Billy are played with heightened flair by the film’s co-writers, who capture not just the references to the maker culture, gourmet coffee and DIY fashion of hipsters, but also their sometimes blithe ignorance that underlies their assumptions of how the world operates. When the pair offer up a “ceremony” to “bless the space,” it shows just how goofily self-important the hipsters are — but how also they appropriate cultural traditions for their own, with no sense of history or context.

Even as Mariana lays out just what’s problematic about their ceremony, Kwan and Billi don’t quite get it, even as they talk about “changing the gender dynamic” and give voice to other “woke” sentiments. Ultimately, though, they’re driven by consumerism and entitlement — and just how far they’ll go to achieve peak hipster is both the film’s final punchline and its ultimate satirical move.

“We Know Where You Live” is a funny yet ambiguous title, and the short exploits its ambiguity to hilarious ends — all the way through the credits. Its milieu is specific and narrow, and visually sometimes the film feels equally as circumscribed. But the writing’s intelligence is broad-minded and sharp, especially in its witty, ultimately brutal portrayal of a peculiarly urban cultural clash and what drives it. The struggle is cold-pressed, cold-brewed and cold-blooded indeed.

You Might Also Like:

Hold On

By Charlotte Scott-Wilson | Drama
A young cellist develops stage fright after one of her cello strings comes lose during an important performance.

Don’t Be a Hero ft. Missi Pyle

By Pete Lee | Drama
A middle-aged woman battles her loneliness and boredom by robbing banks in the guise of a cowboy on her lunch break.

Our Kind of Love

By Elham Ehsas and Azeem Bhati | Romance
An Afghan village girl goes on her first date in London.

Edmund the Magnificent ft. Ian McKellen, David Bradley

By Ben Ockrent | Comedy
A once-legendary farmer takes a chance and invest his life savings in a thoroughbred piglet.


By Joe Gillette | Romance
Two strangers, trying to avoid the crowd at a wedding reception, end up making an unexpected connection.

Exit Strategy

By Travis Bible | Sci-Fi
Two brothers caught in a time loop must traverse a series of maze-like events in order to prevent a catastrophic fire from occurring.


By Georgi Bank-Davies | Romance
A young woman wakes up in a strange place, with a strange guy. Then, she start to piece together how she got there.


By Joey Ally | Romance
A couple's love life begins to slump, forcing them to reconsider the relationship and confront how intertwined they've become.

Small Arms ft. Tyler Young

By Arman Cole | Drama
A bullied college student seeks out shooting lessons with an ex-militia member to prove his manhood.


By Noel Loozen | Comedy
A young man finds himself in between a food-truck and a brothel. Then, he meets his dream girl.

Long Branch

By Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart | Romance
A heartbroken woman finds a one-night stand. But the guy lives two hours away... via public transit.

Ten Thousand Days

By Michael Duignan | Comedy
A man is convinced he'll die on his 10,000th day. But when he meets a girl at his cousin's funeral, things don't go to plan.


By Tyrees A. Lamptey | Drama
A WW1 soldier is trapped in a trench with the enemy... and it restores their faith in humanity.

Pitter Patter Goes My Heart ft. Vicky Krieps

By Christoph Rainer | Romance
A hopeless romantic takes desperate measures to win her former lover back. But he already has a new girl at his side.

Grape Soda

By Justin Robinson | Drama
A marriage, broken by death, is kept alive by the memories held through grape soda.

Your favorite short films you haven't seen yet.

Inspiring and insightful. Entertaining and enlightening.
That's what you can expect here: no fluff. Just a steady
stream of the best films delivered to your inbox.