Interview with Filmmaker Monk Henshaw (RULE 62: DEVON)

RULE 62: DEVON played to rave reviews at the July 2021 FEMALE Filmmaker Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I got sober pretty young. There’s little representation for those of us that remained in sobriety, however there is plenty of shows and movies about hitting rock bottom. I wanted to bring young and sober to light in a new way, focusing less on the abuse of drugs and alcohol, and more on the person and the need to grow.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make your film?

Rule 62: Devon is the first installment in a 12 part series. The concept began in 2016, however this specific script took only a month to flesh out. Filming took place on one very long, hot, summer day. Editing lasted two weeks. It was important to me that the project s did not get put on the back burner, so I worked day and night until I felt like a final product had been achieved.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Messy Truth

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

The biggest obstacle in completing this film was in the audio design – so thank you for our wonderful award of best music and audio! I had a fantastic post production sound editor who brought the film to life that matched the vision I had in my mind for well over three years.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I was thrilled to see the audience respond so well to the film. They all had a feeling of connectedness to these characters, one of authentic dialogue and language between two young folks. It was a great feeling to see their appreciation for scripted modern dialogue in a slice of life film.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

When I was a sophomore in college I took a video 101 class that rocked my world! From that moment on, I couldn’t think of doing anything else with my life.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

I’m a sucker for Biodome. FREE MAHI MAHI, FREE MAHI MAHI!

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

FilmFreeway is a great way to find festivals like the Feedback: Female Film Festival. The platform is easy to use, keeps you up to date on your submissions and is a strong resource for independent filmmakers looking to show their work.

9. What is your favorite meal?

My Babka made the best pierogi on the West Coast – it was and will always be my favorite meal.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

I secured funding for the second installment of Rule 62: Erin, which is currently in preproduction. I am also working on a Rule 62 podcast which explores the ups and downs of getting (and staying) sober young.

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