My Documentary

“Next Stop, from commuting to community: the pandemic in my hometown” is a documentary film about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ben Asciutto’s hometown of Leonia, New Jersey. Thanks to the Pitt Honors College Creative Arts Fellowship, Ben spent the past year researching, interviewing and splicing together the twelve minute short film that would become “Next Stop”. The documentary examines how a change in the NYC commuter culture has made an impact in his town socially, economically and physically and what those larger effects mean for suburbs across the country.

Official Selections

Barrymore Film Center Short Film Festival
Fort Lee, NJ, USA
January 17, 2022
Official Selection
Northeast Film Festival
Teaneck, NJ, USA
September 11, 2022
Official Selection


Runtime: 12 minutes 50 seconds

Completion Date: November 28, 2021

Production Budget: $4000.00

Country of Filming: United States

Shooting Format: Digital, Nikon Z5

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Funding: University of Pittsburgh Honors College