Monica Zinn is an LA-based filmmaker and USC graduate from Fairfax, Virginia. When her older sister passed away after years of struggle with mental health issues, Monica began making documentaries as a way to better understand and embrace what it means to live with a mental illness.
At the age of 17, Monica released Perfection (2011): a documentary focused on eating disorders that went on to win "Best Documentary" at the Virginia Student Film Festival. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, her follow-up, Self Inflicted (2015), explored the hidden world of Non Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI), earning a Bronze Telly in Education. In 2018, Psyched, won the IMPACT DOCS Award of Recognition for its profiling of a young woman's journey to embrace anxiety and depression through art and nature. Her work has been written up in outlets like The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and WIRED, while all of her documentary films are educationally distributed in classrooms across the country. In 2019, Monica began her own production company, Takushi, with a focus on writing and directing narrative films. Named in honor of her maternal Okinawan lineage, Takushi also specializes in story-driven film/video production, pitch/deck design, and marketing support. Her short Sweet Repose (2020) debuted on Elizabeth Bank's female-comedy driven site WhoHaha while her narrative short, Kept (2020), earned half a dozen Laurels, including Best Picture & Best Director at L'Auteur International Short Film Festival.