Producing Reel 

PRODUCING REEL

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WEEKEND 

Music Video Teaser

Weekend is an original music video concept devised by Monica Arsenault and Lydia Granered for Lydia Granered's original song, Weekend.

 

Weekend is a song on Lydia's Harlequin Album, released in 2019. Lydia can be seen playing ongoing shows at Pete's Candy Store.

 

Keep up with Lydia's music and shows on her Instagram. 

You can listen to the Premium Edition of WEEKEND on Spotify NOW along with the entire Harlequin album. 

The Weekend Music Video will be released late January 2020.

 

Cheer Up, Charlie 

Cheer Up, Charlie is the story of a bright, young ambitious 20-something who puts her dreams on hold to help her family pay their medical bills, the fastest way she knows how - dealing drugs.

 

This new dark comedy series by Kara Grace Miller and Anthony Holiday was produced in collaboration with Soul Series Productions and L2G Productions. Directed by Carmen LoBue, the six-part series was filmed in August and September 2018 in NYC. 

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After making its NYC Premiere at New York Shorts International Film Festival in June 2019, Cheer Up, Charlie has gone on to screen at over 10 film festivals internationally.

It has won Best Short at the London Cannabis Film Festival and the Audience Choice Award at The November Screening of Season 7 of IndieWorks. 

 

Cheer Up, Charlie was also a Finalist for Best Webisode at LA Femme International Film Festival and was nominated for Best Directing at T.O. Webfest. 

There are no upcoming screenings for Cheer Up, Charlie at this time, but check back for updates!

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Nun Habits 

Nun Habits is the story of Sister Cecilia, a bisexual nun, who befriends April, a high school senior coming to terms with her sexuality. Together, they navigate Catholic teaching to determine whether they have a place in the Catholic Church and what that place might be. 

 

Created by Monica Arsenault and directed with Sonja Cirilo, this six-part web series will be released in 2020.

Learn More at nunhabitsseries.com 

Nun Habits will be screening next at El Paso Media Festival on January 19th at 9AM. Purchase a $15 block pass to see it along with six other incredible films. 

Nun Habits will have two more screenings in March before going on to screen at Santa Monica Webfest in June 2020. Check back for more info!

Behind the Scenes & Events 

After making its world Premiere at Pilot Light TV Festival in May 2019, Nun Habits has gone on to screen at over a dozen film festivals.

 

It has won Best Web Series at Ocktober Film Festival, Best Web Series/Audience Choice Award at qFLIX Worcester, and the Audience Choice Award at World Webfest Mania.

 

Nun Habits has also been nominated for Best Dramedy, Best Actress, & Outstanding Achievement in Music at NYC Web Fest. At Pilot Light Nun Habits was nominated alongside eight incredible projects for Best International TV Pilot.

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 RESUME 

"If your dream is only about you, it's too small" — Ava DuVernay

I'm a freelance producer with proven creative, team management, and communication skills. As a producer, my goal is to help filmmakers tell their stories by putting together the perfect team. I'm seeking full-time producing work at a company dedicated to telling meaningful stories where I can use my skills to support internal production coordinating needs and communication with external collaborators.

 WORK EXPERIENCE 

Freelance

SOUL SERIES PRODUCTIONS,  The Mirror - Producer, Director & Co-Writer

(January 2020 - Present)​ 

  • Short Film currently slated to film February 2020

PITCH HER PRODUCTIONS,  Public Service - 1st AD

(November 2019)​ 

  • Female-driven short series currently in post production

SOUL SERIES PRODUCTIONS,  Weekend, A Lydia Granered Music Video - Director & Producer

(October 2019 - January 2020)

  • An original Music Video with a January 2020 release date

BESTIE'S  MAKE MOVIES,  Triple Threat - 1st AD & Associate Producer

(July 2019 - August 2019)

  • Feature Film currently in post production

SOUL SERIES PRODUCTIONS,  Art, Love & Money - Producer

(June 2019 - Present)

  • Female-driven Feature Film currently slated to film Spring 2020

SOUL SERIES PRODUCTIONS,  Hoofin' It - Line Producer & Production Coordinator

(March 2019 - Present)

  • Original Web Series currently slated to film Summer 2020

SOUL SERIES PRODUCTIONS,  Young Minds of America - Director, Producer, & Writing Consultant

(January 2019 - Present)

  • Short Film currently slated to film Spring 2020

 

QUARTER WATER FILMS,  The Gift That Aches - 1st Assistant Director

(November 2018)

SOUL SERIES PRODUCTIONS & L2G PRODUCTIONS,  Cheer Up, Charlie - Producer

(May 2018 - Present)

  • Lead producer on a six-part original web series from development through distribution, working closely with creator Kara Grace Miller and director Carmen LoBue.

  • Throughout the production process, I managed a team of up to 50 cast and crew members, directly organizing all team member transportation and meals, as well as individual production and post-production schedules. My responsibilities included, but weren't limited to, sourcing equipment, locations, and essential crew members.

  • After completing production, I have continued to manage scheduling and budgeting aspects of this creative project, which is ongoing as we complete post-production for the episodes and the pilot continues to screen at film festivals internationally. 

SOUL SERIES PRODUCTIONS,  Nun Habits - Creator, Writer & Director

(January 2018 - Present)

  • Creator of a six-part episodic web series, where I managed a team of 15, directly organizing all team member transportation and meals, as well as individual production and post-production schedules. 

  • As executive producer, I serve as the project’s chief financial officer, ensuring that all money flows were transparent and reported whenever appropriate, and that the entire endeavor remained inside budgetary guidelines. 

  • After completing production, I have continued to lead all aspects of this creative project, which is ongoing as Nun Habits continues to screen at film festivals globally.

Additional Work

STUART COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL,  Princeton, NJ - Filmmaking Workshop Instructor

(March 2019)

  • Inspired students to tell real-life stories visually by teaching a week-long filmmaking workshop to High School Sophomores & assisting them in creating mini-documentaries.

  • Showcased the value of education in underprivileged communities by partnering with nursery & middle school students in schools for single parents and low-income families.

VIRGIL FILMS & ENTERTAINMENT,  New York, NY (Oct. 2014 - June 2015) - Social Media & Office Intern

(October 2014 - June 2015)

  • Helped company identify target audience for Film Promotion and conducted social media outreach research for the company.

LAVNER CAMPS & PROGRAMS,  Princeton, NJ (Summer 2014) - Camp Director & Filmmaking Instructor

(Summer 2014)

  • Inspired students to tell real-life stories visually by teaching a week-long film

  • Successfully tracked the progress within the camp curriculum by overseeing employees and holding daily staff meetings.

  • Collaborated with parents to ensure their child’s progress within the camp curriculum as well as addressing any concerns they had.

  • Successfully designed & executed filmmaking curriculum in which campers were taught how to write, produce, & edit their own films.

 Education 

ATLANTIC ACTING SCHOOL,  Atlantic Theater Company, New York, NY - Certificate of Completion

(July 2015 - December 2017)

  • Completed all 5 semesters of a 2.5-year immersive acting program from Sept. 2015 - Dec. 2017 

  • Completed six-week summer intensive from July  & August 2015

  • Marketing Director for theater company formed in final semester (April - Dec. 2017)

  • Stage Manager for Company show - Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat by Mark Ravenhill (Oct. - Dec. 2017)

SVA, THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS,  New York, NY - Completed 2 years of 4-year BFA, Film & Video

(September 2013 - May 2015)

  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA​​

  • 3⁄4 Semesters on Dean’s List

  • Wrote, Produced, & Directed 8 short films over 4 semesters

  • Worked as crew on over a dozen student projects over 4 semesters

NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL,  Lawrenceville, NJ (Summer 2014) - High School Diploma

(September 2009 - June 2013)

  • Honor Roll & AP Curriculum

  • Journalism Academic Award

  • Four Years Community Service

 Special Skills 

Final Cut Pro X                                                          |    Microsoft Office Programs  

Screenwriting Software (Final Draft, Celtx, Fade In)   |    Studio Binder  

Google Hangouts                                                       |    Google Drive Programs  

Strong Writing & Editing Skills                                   |    Strong People Skills

 Awards & Nominations 

NUN HABITS AWARDS & NOMINATIONS: 

  • Best Web Series Winner at Ocktober Film Festival

  • Audience Choice Award Winner at World Webfest Mania

  • Best Web Series/Audience Choice Award Winner at qFLIX Worcester 

  • Nominated for Best Dramedy, Best Actress, & Outstanding Achievement in Music at NYC Web Fest

  • Nominated for Best International TV Pilot at Pilot Light TV Festival. ​

CHEER UP, CHARLIE AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS: 

  • Best Short Winner at the London Cannabis Film Festival

  • Audience Choice Award Winner at IndieWorks 7th Season November Screening

  • Best Webisode Finalist at LA Femme International Film Festival

  • Nominated for Best Directing at T.O. Webfest.

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© 2020 by Monica Arsenault