Private Project

Sweet Repose

Leslie returns home after a long day of work and is hoping to get some peaceful shut eye, but it's date night for her roommate Nichole and things get very noisy.

  • Monica Zinn
    Perfection, Self Inflicted, PSYCHED-Comics
  • Monica Zinn
    Perfection, Self Inflicted, PSYCHED-Comics
  • Alex Arthur
    Key Cast
  • Monica Zinn
    Key Cast
  • Will Carnahan
    Key Cast
  • Casey Jones
    Based on A Screenplay By
  • Lizzy Denny
    Based on a Story By
  • Gary Buchler
    Executive Producers
  • Monte LaMonte
    Executive Producers
  • Will Call Cinematic
    Produced in Association With
  • Monica Zinn
    Perfection, Self Inflicted, PSYCHED-Comics
  • William Carnahan
  • Patricia Lundy
    Assistant Director
  • Adam Borel
    Production Sound
  • Braden Creel
    Post Sound Design and Mixing
  • Joe Berry
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Comedy, short, female driven
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Shoot Em Up Showcase
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 2, 2019
Director Biography - Monica Zinn

Filmmaker Monica Zinn was born in San Jose, Costa Rica to missionary parents, but grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. Originally interested in acting, she began studying Film and Television Production at Fairfax Academy for Communication and the Arts, where she would complete a career-intensive two-year program, and soon developed a love of narrative writing and directing. Her focus shifted to nonfiction filmmaking after her sister tragically died in a car accident in 2010. A year later, she completed her first documentary, Perfection about eating disorders, which eventually went on to screen at seven film festivals across the country, winning "Best Documentary" at the Virginia Student Film Festival in 2012. After graduating high school at Lake Braddock Secondary School, Zinn began working on her second documentary Self Inflicted about Non Suicidal Self Injury, which she crowdfunded through IndieGogo and completed in 2014. Self Inflicted screened at several film festivals around the world, and won a Bronze Telly for Outstanding Achievement in Education in 2016. Zinn's documentaries Perfection and Self Inflicted were picked up for worldwide educational distribution by Human Relations Media in 2014. After having spent years studying mental illness and maladaptive coping strategies, Zinn wanted to shift her focus to positive psychology and what makes people thrive. It was this mindset that led to the creation of her docu-series PSYCHED, which aims to introduce young people to adaptive coping strategies for things like anxiety, depression, and trauma. She completed the first episode of PSYCHED, entitled "Comics" in 2018. It won an Award of Recognition at the Impact DOCS awards.

Her work has been covered by The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and and she has spoken at The University of Virginia, University of Mary Washington, and gave a guest lecture on Post Traumatic Growth at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, her alma mater.

In February 2019 Zinn directed her first narrative short, "Kept,” as part of an anthology series, followed closely by her second narrative “Sweet Repose” in March 2019, which she directed as part of a storytelling showcase. In 2019 she formed her filmmaking LLC “Takushi”, an homage to her maternal lineage. She is currently working on various projects in Los Angeles, her home base.

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Director Statement

This was created as part of the Shoot Em Up showcase, where we had one month to complete a short film based off of a story and script. I wanted to preserve the sound elements that were so vital in Lizzy Denny's story and Casey Jones' script, and thankfully, with the help of some very talented sound folk and an amazing lead, we were able to pull this off!