Hey, I'm Monica!

New York, New York

My work addresses issues at the intersection of faith, womanhood, and sexuality. My goal as an artist is to bring communities together through diverse storytelling.  Projects that I've written, directed and/or produced have been internationally recognized at over 20 different film festivals and can be viewed at their ongoing festival screenings.

Most recently, I directed Lydia Granered's first music video for her song, Weekend. I'm currently in pre-production to direct two new short films, Young Minds of America by  Danny Epstein & Derek Rushing and Mirror Mila featuring Lindsey Sagrera.  

You can see my original web series, Nun Habits, screening at Cinequest this August. monicaarsenault.com.

Nun Habits (Creator)

 - Official Selection at the 30th Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival

 - Best Dramedy, Best Actress, & Outstanding Achievement in Music Nominee at NYC Web Fest

 - Best International TV Pilot Nominee at Pilot Light TV Festival Season 4

 - Winner: Best Web Series at Ocktober Film Festival

 - Winner: Audience Choice Award/Best Web Series at qFLIX Worcester

 - Winner: Audience Choice Award at World Webfest Mania, part of the Katra Film Series.

Cheer Up, Charlie (Producer)

 - Official Selection at Urbanworld Film Festival

 - Official Selection at Hollyshorts Film Festival

 - Finalist: Best Webisode at LA Femme

- Best Director Nominee at T.O. Webfest

- Winner:  Best Short at the London Cannabis Film Festival

- Winner: Audience Choice Award at the November Screening of Season 7 of IndieWorks

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Young Minds of America

New York City, New York Film Short
Comedy, Drama

Carl, an interim teacher, is forced to confront his own unconscious bias as he fights to change a corporate America education system.

80%

This project got the green light!

Buy In

New York City, New York Film Short
Horror, Thriller

a charming young salesman and a strange, lonely traveler who find themselves locked in a struggle for control over their own destinies.

101%

This project got the green light!

Interested In, Season 2

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, Drama

A coming of age original series about the steamy, fumbling sexual encounters of a recently out college student.

100%

This project got the green light!

ASTRO - a short film

New York City, New York Film Short
Family, Sci-Fi

A young girl named Jenny goes on a fantastical voyage through space with her dying father, slowly realising it will be their last.

100%

This project got the green light!

Triple Threat

New York City, New York Film Feature
Drama, Musical

Close friendships are slowly pulled apart as a once shared Broadway dream is abandoned by one in favor of a new dream: fatherhood.

101%

This project got the green light!

P's in a Pod

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

Best friends, Pete and Polly, attempt to navigate identity, sex, the MTA & more in this comedy web series.

82%

This project got the green light!

Flunkyball

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Foreign Film

When unexpected guests arrive at Mia's party her vision for inclusivity crumbles, caught in the crossfire of ignorance under the influence.

116%

This project got the green light!

Playing with Fire

Dover, New Hampshire Film Short
Drama

After a barn fire kills their parents, siblings Henry and Hattie’s bond is tested by Hattie's fiancé, as they war over control of the farm.

117%

This project got the green light!

OBJECTS

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Shorts Program

A young actress seizes the opportunity (and the spotlight) to break the vicious circle of an abusive acting teacher.

105%

This project got the green light!

Cheer Up, Charlie

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

Charlie is your all-pep, piano playing, ponytail rocking white girl-next-door... but she's also your dealer.

101%

This project got the green light!

Sinked Up

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, LGBTQ

Two women started as roommates. Then they fell in love. A story told from behind the bathroom door.

102%

This project got the green light!

Displaced

New York City, New York Film Feature
Horror

A young black man in Brooklyn must prove his new white neighbors are emissaries from the Satanic cult they both survived as children.

103%

This project got the green light!

Conversations in Apartment 3A

New York City, New York Series
Comedy

A comedic web series about two women in their late-20s facing the realities of living in New York City.

125%

This project got the green light!

Rendezvous in Chicago: Three Tales of Love in the Windy City

Chicago, Illinois Film Feature
Drama, Romantic Comedy

RENDEZVOUS IN CHICAGO is a short comedic feature comprised of three vignettes, each corresponding to the different phases of a relationship.

101%

This project got the green light!

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

New York City, New York Film Festival
Film-related Business, Shorts Program

Show us your film. We'll show you success.

81%

This project got the green light!

Straight Up

Los Angeles, California Film Feature
LGBTQ, Romantic Comedy

A romantic comedy-drama about intellectual soul mates. He might be gay. She might not care.

101%

This project got the green light!

Nun Habits Series

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

A weed-smoking nun befriends a gay high school senior. Together, they reconcile their personal beliefs with the teachings of the Church.

87%

This project got the green light!

America Rise

Seattle, Washington Film Feature
Documentary

Together, we can create the world we want to live in.

80%

This project got the green light!

Misdirection: a short film

Los Angeles, California Film Short
LGBTQ, Comedy

A college freshman falls in love with close-up magic as an escape from her unrequited crush on her roommate and her undiagnosed OCD.

106%

This project got the green light!

Singing to the Sheep

Orange, California Film Short
Drama, Family

George, a young shepherd with a passion for singing must overcome his parents' disapproval to join the local church choir

85%

This project got the green light!

Pretty Dudes - Season Two

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

The "pretty boy curse" may be over, but is their luck changing for the better? The Dudes make new friends and face new challenges.

88%

This project got the green light!

Michael And Michael Are Gay

Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

A satirical look at gay marriage through the eyes of two neurotic married misfits named Michael.

100%

This project got the green light!

Ordinary Women

San Francisco, California Series
Animation, History

Feminist Frequency's new video series about defying stereotypes, challenging the status quo, and being extraordinary.

103%

This project got the green light!

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