Monki × Madelynn De La Rosa

Meet Madelynn De La Rosa, a filmmaker and video editor based in Los Angeles. We’re in awe of this inspiring young female creative. Besides making ridiculously dreamy films she has an adorable pup, a down-right cool style and is just an all-round awesome individual. So, naturally we were super excited to collaborate with her. She wrote, directed and edited our Summer of Self-Love film – and we caught up on set to ask a few Qs. 

What inspired you to become a director/filmmaker?
I’ve always loved making videos and I thoroughly enjoy being behind the camera, whether that’s shooting or editing. Not to mention there’s a lack of female directors, especially women of colour, in the industry. I hope that changes soon because representation is vitally important and there are so many stories from our perspective yet to be told. My wish is that more women feel confident and comfortable taking up space in any industry!

How would you describe your aesthetic?
I think it can be very whimsical. Very much inspired by French New Wave films. 

What was the inspiration behind the Summer of Self-Love film?
I wanted to make something really sweet that encapsulated summer nostalgia. I think this one is special because it’s about enjoying the sweetest parts of summer with yourself. And who could possibly be a better companion than you?!

I get inspired by other filmmakers who are making more experimental films, and anything shot on film. I also have a whole watch list of films that I make a point to go through to get re-inspired.

What are your top 3 must-watch films (and why)?
Desert Hearts (1985)
This is everything I’ve ever dreamed of wanting in a queer film. It’s visually beautiful, there’s a scene with a car being driven backwards, and did I mention it’s queer?
A Summer’s Tale (1996)
A beautiful film about a friendship that doesn’t end up being romantic in the end, but shows that friendships are just as important, if not more, than love.
3 Women (1977)
Visually stunning, dreamy, and eerie all at the same time.

Does LA breed sisterhood in the creative industry?
I feel so lucky to be in LA where everyone is so creative and open to collaboration. I have so many wonderfully creative females in my life and it’s magical! So yes, I think there’s a really special bunch of female creatives here.

Advice for those wanting to pursue a career in the film industry?
Keep creating! Do anything and everything you can to keep going and making things. I know it can feel like an uphill battle at times, but I can assure you we are all waiting to see what you create because it matters.

Who is your current style crush?
My friend @sisiliapiring

How would you describe your #monkistyle?
Feminine and fun!

What are your favourite pieces from the collection?
I love the light blue floral dress. Such a cute print and is so comfy!

Get to know Madelynn a little more on her Instagram @madewin

Get Madelynn's look

Monki × Madelynn De La Rosa

Meet Madelynn De La Rosa, a filmmaker and video editor based in Los Angeles. We’re in awe of this inspiring young female creative. Besides making ridiculously dreamy films she has an adorable pup, a down-right cool style and is just an all-round awesome individual. So, naturally we were super excited to collaborate with her. She wrote, directed and edited our Summer of Self-Love film – and we caught up on set to ask a few Qs. 

What inspired you to become a director/filmmaker?
I’ve always loved making videos and I thoroughly enjoy being behind the camera, whether that’s shooting or editing. Not to mention there’s a lack of female directors, especially women of colour, in the industry. I hope that changes soon because representation is vitally important and there are so many stories from our perspective yet to be told. My wish is that more women feel confident and comfortable taking up space in any industry!

How would you describe your aesthetic?
I think it can be very whimsical. Very much inspired by French New Wave films. 

What was the inspiration behind the Summer of Self-Love film?
I wanted to make something really sweet that encapsulated summer nostalgia. I think this one is special because it’s about enjoying the sweetest parts of summer with yourself. And who could possibly be a better companion than you?!

I get inspired by other filmmakers who are making more experimental films, and anything shot on film. I also have a whole watch list of films that I make a point to go through to get re-inspired.

What are your top 3 must-watch films (and why)?
Desert Hearts (1985)
This is everything I’ve ever dreamed of wanting in a queer film. It’s visually beautiful, there’s a scene with a car being driven backwards, and did I mention it’s queer?
A Summer’s Tale (1996)
A beautiful film about a friendship that doesn’t end up being romantic in the end, but shows that friendships are just as important, if not more, than love.
3 Women (1977)
Visually stunning, dreamy, and eerie all at the same time.

Does LA breed sisterhood in the creative industry?
I feel so lucky to be in LA where everyone is so creative and open to collaboration. I have so many wonderfully creative females in my life and it’s magical! So yes, I think there’s a really special bunch of female creatives here.

Advice for those wanting to pursue a career in the film industry?
Keep creating! Do anything and everything you can to keep going and making things. I know it can feel like an uphill battle at times, but I can assure you we are all waiting to see what you create because it matters.

Who is your current style crush?
My friend @sisiliapiring

How would you describe your #monkistyle?
Feminine and fun!

What are your favourite pieces from the collection?
I love the light blue floral dress. Such a cute print and is so comfy!

Get to know Madelynn a little more on her Instagram @madewin

Get Madelynn's look