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"The Rest I Make Up" premieres at MoMA's Doc Fortnight

[ January 2017 ]
Michelle Memran's touching and intimate film about the visionary dramatist Maria Irene Fornes will debut in NYC on Friday, February 16th. Learn more at
— Recent Projects and Activity —

"116 Cameras" makes the Oscars shortlist

[ December 2017 ]
Max scored this bittersweet NY Times Op-Doc, which joins nine other Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 90th Academy Awards®.

"Wenn Gott Schläft" ("When God Sleeps") hits theaters in Germany; score album now available

[ October 2017 ]
WHEN GOD SLEEPS depicts the journey of Iranian musician Shahin Najafi, who is forced into hiding after hardline clerics, incensed by his songwriting, issue a fatwa for his death. The film sees a nationwide theatrical release in Germany starting October 12.

Scored like a narrative thriller, Max's intense and emotional music for the film is now available on iTunes, Spotify and other digital platforms.

“116 Cameras" in The New York Times

[ September 2017 ]
Max scored Davina Pardo's remarkable NY Times OpDoc about a holocaust survivor who is holographically recording her memories for generations to come.

“Untouchable" shorts featured by The Marshall Project and The New York Times

[ September 2017 ]
Max's Untouchable score is put to powerful use by writer/director David Feige in two short films that dig deeper into the flaws in current sex offender laws; The Marshall Project features a startling and poignant story about a young mother who struggles with life on the sex offender registry, and The New York Times offers an Op-Doc on the flawed social science used to justify the harsh punishments imposed on offenders.

“When God Sleeps” and "Hotel U.S.A." at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

[ April 2017 ]
Named by Rolling Stone as one of the films they can't wait to see, When God Sleeps tells the story of singer-songwriter Shahin Najafi. Banned in his native country for his iconoclastic lyrics, the musician moves to Berlin while he, his band, and manager navigate death threats and apostasy accusations.

Hotel U.S.A. gives a brief but intimate look at newly arrived refugee families, for whom the very first night in the U.S. can be an exciting and bewildering experience. The film is screening as part of the New York Times Op-Doc showcase.

"Almost There" is nominated for the DOK.fest documentary music award

[ March 2017 ]
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After Sundance Film Festival premiere, “This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” is now streaming on YouTube Red

[ January 2017 ]
Max provided both original and licensed music for this uplifting and empowering new film by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, produced for YouTube Red Originals.

“Almost There” premieres in competition at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

[ November 2016 ]
Almost There is a beautiful and meditative portrait of three men searching for happiness and a meaningful existence in the autumn of their lives. It premiered on November 18th at the renowned IDFA, earning Max's score praise in this lovely review from Cineuropa.

“Chicago Poems” by David Nagler debuts with a Jeff Tweedy performance

[ October 2016 ]
Vulture and Rolling Stone debuted “Theme in Yellow”, the first track from this tribute album to the beloved poet Carl Sandburg's Chicago Poems collection, first published 100 years ago.

Max co-produced this artful record with composer and arranger David Nagler. Along with Tweedy, the project features contributions from Chicago-associated artists like the Mekons' Sally Timms and Jon Langford, Kelly Hogan, Robbie Fulks, Daniel Knox, and co-arranger Jon Natchez.

“Very Semi-Serious” wins an Emmy

[ September 2016 ]
This witty and sweet HBO documentary about The New Yorker’s single panel cartoons and cartoonists got the statue for Outstanding Arts and Cultural Programming.

Timesbold returns

[ April 2016 ]
The single Fever Dream is out now on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and elsewhere. More singles will be released in the coming months. Learn more at

“Untouchable” at the Tribeca Film Festival

[ April 2016 ]
When the most powerful lobbyist in Florida discovers that the nanny has sexually abused his daughter, he harnesses his extraordinary political power to pass the toughest sex offender laws in the nation. Untouchable chronicles his crusade, and its impact on the lives of several of the 800,000 people forced to live under the kinds of laws he has championed. The film interweaves intimate portraits of men and women who have been branded sex offenders with the heartbreaking stories of those who have suffered sexual abuse.
Premiered April 15th at the Tribeca Film Festival.

“Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists”

[ December 2015 ]
Leah Wolchok's offbeat meditation on humor, art and the genius of the single panel cartoon debuts December 14th exclusively on HBO following a limited theatrical run in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The soundtrack is available now on Spotify, iTunes and elsewhere. Learn more at

“Dreaming Against the World” at the Telluride Film Festival

[ September 2015 ]
An atmospheric and intense portrait of Chinese artist Mu Xin, Dreaming Against the World will screen in the Backlot theater.

“Minka” featured by the New York Times

[ March 2015 ]
This short, lyrical doc about place and memory is a beautiful way to spend a few minutes of your day...

“Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation”

[ February 2015 ]
The new film by Barbara Kopple, a two-time Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Feature, tells the story of the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States.
Premiered February 27th, 2015 as the closing night feature at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight.

“My Own Man” debuts as a Netflix Original documentary

[ March 2015 ]
This feature documentary directed by David Sampliner and executive produced by Ed Norton is online now. An EP featuring highlights from the original score is available on iTunes, Spotify, etc…

“The Professor”

[ January 2015 ]
Narrative short directed by Alison Maclean (Jesus’ Son) from a story by Lydia Davis.
Now streaming on Vimeo and YouTube.

New Camphor project begins production

[ August 2014 ]
Wrapped up the first 3 days of tracking at the Isokon in Woodstock, NY.

Academy Award Nominated "Mondays at Racine" returns to HBO

[ June 2014 ]
The 40 minute documentary directed by Cynthia Wade is now viewable anytime via HBO GO.

"My Own Man"

[ April 2014 ]
Feature documentary directed by David Sampliner and executive produced by Ed Norton.
Premiers at the 2014 TriBeCa Film fest.

“Tarnation” 10-year anniversary screenings

[ April 2014 ]
The groundbreaking feature documentary directed by Jonathan Caouette and executive produced by Gus Van Sant and John Cameron Mitchell gets an encore theatrical showing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this month, and at other spots around the world throughout the rest of the year.

“Mondays at Racine” on HBO

[ October 2013 ]
Oscar® nominated short documentary premieres October 14th at 9 PM and will air throughout the month. See the synopsis here.

"Code of the West" on PBS

[ October 2013 ]
America ReFramed will bring the medical marijuana doc to public television stations around the U.S. on Tuesday, October 8th.

Lionsgate releases "Mighty Fine" on DVD and online

[ May 2013 ]
This sweet, dark feature starring Chazz Palminteri and Andie MacDowell is now available in the U.S. on DVD and streaming at Amazon, iTunes, etc.

"Mondays at Racine" is nominated for a 2013 Academy Award

[ January 2013 ]
Mondays at Racine has earned a 2013 Oscar® nomination for best documentary short!

Collaboration with Chilean artist Kuky Tala

[ September 2012 ]
Provided a “stoically solemn” vocal in a duet with Anneli Drecker (Bel Canto, Röyksopp) on the song Turi, a swirly and cinematic new track from Chilean artist Kuky Tala.

3 new docs on the festival circuit

[ September 2012 ]

"Mighty Fine"

[ May 2012 ]
Narrative feature starring Chazz Palminteri and Andie MacDowell. Now playing in theaters around the U.S. See the trailer here.

"War Don Don"

[ September 2010 ]
Emmy®-winning documentary from director Rebecca Richman Cohen examining the rise and fall of a rebel leader in Sierra Leone and the effectiveness of “international justice” in the war-ravaged nation.
Premieres Wednesday, September 29th on HBO2. See more here.