5Q's w/Dinh Thai "Monday" Director

MONDAY | BLOCK O | 1:00 |
Monday (19 min) dir: Dinh Thai


#1: Can you describe your movie and why somebody should see it in less than 280 characters?

MONDAY is going to grab your mind, surprise your expectations and satisfy your senses. It’s a character study with a big-world vibe.

#2: What do you want the Borrego Springs Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title?

Our 23-time award-winning short film is part fiction and part autobiography, which hopes to reboot our prejudices about leading roles for people of color.


#3: What is your movie making background?  Tell us about yourself.

All my real life filmmaking experience is in commercials and branded content. That’s where I’ve been able to learn, practice and experiment. MONDAY is the first narrative project since graduating from Art Center in ‘02. Here are some links if you’d like to find out more.




#4: What was the biggest lesson learned in getting your film made?

Two lessons came from making this short.
Loving, respecting and caring about my talented filmmaking friends is one of the keys to personal growth and expediting the filmmaking process; when it was time to make MONDAY many friends were committed and ready to help.

I also learned that it was ok to wait 15 years after college to revisit narrative filmmaking. I had to personally grow and refine my sensibilities before I was confident enough to make artistic decisions, which could translate well for the audience.


#5: What does the future hold for your film and you?

The success of MONDAY has opened a few doors, giving me an opportunity to pursue TV directing. We’re also trying to turn the short into a TV series. So if anyone wants to help, please visit our social media and leave a comment. Don’t forget to like, follow and share! #MondayAShortFilm

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