Monika's first project? Flesh; a two part mini web series centered around a woman named Rae and her obsession with physical attributes that takes an actively dark turn. Akin to Maniac or Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer but from the vantage of a woman of color, Flesh "aims to change this genre by putting a new perspective and voice to the person who turns to destruction, murder, and sociopathy in order to feel complete," taking a much "needed look at society's perception of beauty and privilege, and how our looks determine how far one can go."
Since stepping out fresh with an endeavor commonly sees gradual results over stretches of time, I asked Monika to provide a bit more detail about why Audre's Revenge and Flesh is important to the horror genre, women of color, queer women, and everyone else. She does so with this very insightful description:
Though I credit Maya Lori (ARF member) with sharing her knowledge with me and teaching me the ropes. Therein lies the importance of skill shares and workshops to help those who have a curiosity and passion for horror/sci/fantasy film making, but can't afford to go to school. Ideally, as more people become involved (whether it be written pieces, editing, group projects), it will be interesting to see how many perspectives find common intersectionalities and the conversations had around it. Audre's Revenge will be that safe space to come together and explore a universe that has never heard our voices, or experienced our lived fears.
Right now, Monika and her crew need our help in raising funds to cut a trailer and produce solid marketing materials for press. This is a testiment to passion for a true and much needed surge in visibility for additionally unique voices and stories within the horror genre.