Director Biography – Monk Henshaw (RULE 62: DEVON)

Bay Area native turned LA transplant, I spend my free time making comedic shorts and writing sketches! I love abstract art house films and experimental music so much that I majored in both during my undergrad at Mills College (2012). After 6 years in the industry working at various docuTV and indie film companies (including a nice stint at Pixar) I went back to school. I honed my comedic voice at the Harold Ramis Film School via The Second City Chicago (2017), creating 50+shorts (varying quality). HOT AIR screened at the Minneapolis Mini and THE REPLACEMENTS had critical film festival success screening at 40+ film festivals internationally and winning best picture, best lead actor, and best VFX at a substantial number of those festivals. Anyways, my favorite food is potato pierogi, but only the ones my Babka makes. I enjoy mullets, enamel pins, and tarot cards. My journal is an inconsistent stream of conscious filled with Polaroids, doodles, and tidbits of a life well lived. My dog, Charmander, is leveling up soon. A strong blend of ADHD and decaf coffee keeps me on my toes. But tell me, what about you?

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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