Suspense Film Shot in Boardman Is Now Available to View

YOUNGSTOWN – “The Housekeeper,” a film shot in the Mahoning Valley, is now available to stream for free on

The suspenseful thriller stars Denise Richards (“Starship Troopers,” “Scary Movie”), Richard Gunn (“CSI,” “The Mentalist”) and Ilean Almaguer. It was filmed in 2021 at the home of Robert Joshua in the Forest Glen neighborhood in Boardman.

“The Housekeeper” became available today.

In a show of support for the striking Hollywood screenwriters and actors, the announcement was delayed until the day of the film’s release, said Melanie Clarke-Penella, executive producer.

Clarke-Penella and Pamela Zitello, both Youngstown area residents, are the co-owners of Youngstown Pictures, the film’s production company. VMI is the global distributor of “The Housekeeper.”

The 90-minute film was written and directed by Stuart Altman. It has a foreboding atmosphere that is heightened by the beautiful house where it was shot, and the fall weather of Youngstown.

To watch the trailer, click HERE.

As “The Housekeeper” begins, a new housekeeper, played by Almaguer, is learning the ropes at the home of the wealthy couple – played by Richards and Gunn – that hired her. The housekeeper soon learns that someone may be hiding a deadly secret, and she must solve the mystery while avoiding the consequences. Coincidentally, the house where the film was shot at 78 Newport Drive, was recently put up for sale with a price of $724,900. To see the listing, click HERE.

The film’s producers are Brandon Villano, Paris Jones and Youngstown-area resident Cindy Castro DiRusso. Associate producers are Sharlene Barb and Keith Nelson.

Executive producers are Clarke-Penella, Barry Jay Minoff and Lauren Pannunzio.

Other key local members of the film crew include Lindsay Plaskett Fleuriet, production designer; and Joseph Guerrieri, a tailor who custom-makes suits and clothing. Guerrieri is the owner of Private Stash, a shop in downtown Youngstown.

The film was made under the Youngstown Pictures and Paris Films banner.

Pictured at top: Richard Gunn, Denise Richards and Ilean Almaguer in a scene from “The Housekeeper.”

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