MONSTER JIMENEZ is a writer and filmmaker who has worked in newspapers, magazines, television and film. She built on this experience by working on public service television shows as a writer/producer and, in 2003, joined ARKEOFILMS, an independent film production company where she remains a partner.
Monster has been deeply involved in every major production of Arkeofilms. In 2005, She wrote and produced the full-length feature Big Time (directed by Mario Cornejo) which won awards at the 1st Cinemalaya FF, including Best Screenplay. The film had a semi-wide release in local cinemas in 2006.
The world premiere of her directorial debut, Kano: An American and His Hare, a full length documentary feature, competed and won in the First Appearance Category at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) in 2010. It also won Best Documentary in the Cinemanila International Film Festival and the 2011 Gawad Urian. It has also been rated by many local critics as the best film to have come out in 2010.
Her collaboration with Mario Cornejo is Apocalypse Child, a full-length feature which she produced and co-wrote, was given a grant by QCinema International FF and won Best Film in Qcinema FF, Toronto Reel Asian FF and Five Flavours FF in Poland. It is ranked as one of the best films to come out in the country in 2015.
This year, she works with Treb Monteras to produce a hip hop film entitled Respeto, which swept 7 awards in the last Cinemalaya Festival including Best Picture, NETPAC Grand Prize and Audience Choice Award. Respeto was set on a nationwide release immediately after the festival. And touted by many as one of the best films to come out of 2017 so far.
She also established THIS SIDE UP in 2014, a company specializing in video content development where she is the Managing Director.
Her birth name is Maria Coreen Jimenez.
Check out the trailers of notable films she worked with below!
Film type: FULL LENGTH
Hendrix dreams of hip-hop greatness, but he’s spiraling down a rabbit-hole of crime and poverty until he meets Doc, an old poet still haunted by his martial law past. Can they turn each other’s lives around before they’re swallowed by their circumstance?
RESPETO is a celebration of the underground Pinoy hip-hop world and how we find the words to find ourselves.
Dido de la Paz
2017 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival Best Picture, Audience Choice, NETPAC Special Award, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor
Apocalypse Child (2015)
Film type: FULL LENGTH
The film is set in surfing town of Baler where Ford who is wasting his youth away. Named after Francis Ford Coppola. As another surfing season is ending, he is forced to confront his past, including the facts about his life.
Writer | Producer
2016 FAP Award Best Supporting Actress
2016 Gawad Urian Awards Best Supporting Actress
2015 QCinema Film Festival Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Artistic Achievement
2016 Star Awards for Movies Indie Movie Cinematographer of the Year
2016 Five Flavors Film Festival Best Film
2016 Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival Best Film
Kano: An American and His Harem (2012)
Film type: DOCUMENTARY
The story of a convicted rapist and the women who come together to form a most dysfunctional family.
Director | Producer | Writer
2010 Cinemanila International Film Festival Young Cinema Competition – Best Documentary
2010 International Documentary Film Festival Winner – First Appearance Category
2011 Gawad Urian Awards Best Documentary
Big Time (2005)
Film type: FULL LENGTH
Danny and Jonas are petty crooks whose idea of going big-time is kidnapping the only daughter of a middle-class couple for a ransom price of 50,000 pesos, which is roughly a thousand American dollars. Before even fully realizing that their kidnapping plan is not very different from the dozen little felonies they have committed through the years (the most memorable of which is their dog-napping escapade, foiled by the mutt’s incessant barking), they are involuntarily pushed into shady affairs far larger than what they have imagined. Melody, the duo’s target whose recurring daydreams involve her ambitions of being a famous celebrity, turns out to be the girlfriend of Wilson, the underachieving son of mob boss Don Manolo. Wilson sees the awkward situation as an opportunity to double-cross his father by staging his own kidnapping, using Danny, Jonas, and his starry eyed girlfriend as props in his attempt to raise enough capital to fund his proposed illegal drugs business.
Michael de Mesa
Producer | Writer | Editor
2005 Cinemalaya Film Festival Best Screenplay, Best Score and Sound Design
2006 Gawad Urian Best Sound Design