I'm Monica, an LA based filmmaker from Fairfax, VA. I started making documentaries on mental health when my sister, who had been struggling with her own mental health for years, died in a car accident when we were teenagers. I studied Professional Film and Television Production at the Fairfax Academy for Communication and Arts and I graduated with a B.A. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. My documentary work has been covered by The LA Times, The Washington Post, and Wired.com.
I started writing and directing narrative films in 2019, the same year I formed my production company TAKUSHI: an homage to my maternal lineage. I still love making documentaries on mental health, and continue to do so with educational distributor Human Relations Media.