Van Maximilian Carlson is a Los Angeles born director, writer, and editor whose work has garnered numerous awards, including the “Best Documentary” & “Audience Award” at the 2011 Slamdance film festival for “Bhopali,” which has been broadcast in over 20 countries. He made his first film while in elementary school and continued throughout high school, winning the “Best Film” award at the Toronto International Student Film Festival for “Barstow.” His work includes narrative shorts, documentaries, commercials, and he has edited multiple award winning theatrical trailers and promos. His short film, "Ninth November Night," was short listed for the oscars and called, “One of the outstanding documentaries of 2004″ by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Name: Max Carlson
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: Oddbox Films
Occupation: Director, Editor and Filmmaker
The Piñata Man
Film (short) by Max Carlson (Action, Comedy and Drama) Editor, Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Writer, Sound department, Visual effects, Composer Piñata vendor by day, seeks justice by night.
A Sinner in Mecca
Film by Parvez Sharma (Documentary) Editorial department For a gay filmmaker, filming in Saudi Arabia presents two serious challenges: filming is forbidden in the country and homosexuality is punishable by death. For filmmaker Parvez Sharma, however, these were risks he had to assume as he embarked on his Hajj pilgrimage, a journey considered the greatest accomplishment and aspiration within Islam, his religion. On his journey Parvez aims to look beyond 21st-century Islam's crises of religious extremism, commercialism and sectarian battles. He brings back the story of the religion like it has never been told before, having endured the biggest jihad there is: the struggle with the self.
Film by Lloyd Lee Barnett (Action, Fantasy, Horror and Sci-Fi) Editor Framed for assassinating the Grandmaster, the Lost Ninja Clan must battle their way up an underground nuclear bunker filled with hordes of supernatural enemies, mutants and flesh eating zombies. Trapped a thousand feet below the earth's crust, these ninjas will face hell. Written by Automatic Entertainment
Film (short) by Max Carlson (Drama and Horror) Editor, Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Writer A psychiatrist's influence over his patient extends far beyond that of the norm. What would you do for your next fix?
Film by Christopher Folino (Action and Thriller) Editor, Producer After a radioactive meteor strikes Earth, a genetically altered group known as The Rochester 13 gain astonishing, superhuman powers. Ian Sparks doesn't feel remotely super... but after his parents' death, he throws himself into battle against the criminals plaguing the mean streets of New York. Teaming up with, and falling hard for, the beautiful Lady Heavenly, the unstoppable duo quickly decimates the city's army of thugs. But when they tangle with the nation's most twisted arch-villain, they end up losing everything - including each other. Sparks' rage-fueled quest for vengeance ignites a battle that will change the world and alter his destiny, forever. Written by RLJ Entertainment
Film (short) by Max Carlson (Drama, Fantasy and Romance) Editor, Director, Producer, Writer, Sound department, Visual effects A troll, who lives underneath a bridge in Los Angeles, falls in love with a human woman.
Film (short) by Carina Garcia (Fantasy) Editor, Cinematographer, Producer, Sound department, Camera and Electrical Department A cinematic view into the nature of duality, inspired by the famous Frida Kahlo portrait 'The Two Fridas'.
The Shell House Raid
Film (short) by Ed Balkan (Documentary, Biography, History and War) Editor Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen, located in a building called Shell House, was the evil center of oppression in Denmark during World War II. It was a place of terror and torture . . . a place of surveillance where files and evidence were kept detailing the activities of Danish resistance fighters. And to deter air raids on Shell House, the Germans imprisoned resistance personnel as 'hostage-shields' in cells in the attic. The intelligence activities of the Gestapo threatened the effectiveness of the resistance movement. With reluctance, for fear of civilian casualties, the Danes asked the RAF to bomb Shell House and destroy it. The goals of this daring raid were to destroy incriminating records, kill Gestapo personnel, and free the resistance prisoners in the attic. Written by Anonymous
Film by Max Carlson (Documentary, History and News) Editor, Director, Cinematographer, Producer, Visual effects In 1984, the world's worst industrial disaster devastated and contaminated Bhopal, India. Today the suffering continues, prompting victims to fight for justice and corporate responsibility, which has long been ignored.
Once Upon a Rooftop
Film (short) by Sybil Wendler (Documentary, Biography, Drama and History) Cinematographer On a rooftop high above the bustling streets of Hong Kong, a woman practices the ancient art of tai chi as her daughter watches from the shadows. Invisible from below, they share their hidden promontory with 30 other families. All live in shanties perched precariously on top of a nine-story building. This film is a porthole to an intimate view of life in these illegal rooftop tenements that exist throughout Hong Kong. Written by Anonymous
Saiba from Bhopal
Film by Max Carlson (Documentary and Drama) Editor, Director, Cinematographer, Sound department, Composer The story of a one year old baby named Saiba, born in Bhopal, India, who was a victim of water contamination from the world's worst industrial disaster.
Film (short) by Max Carlson (Drama and Fantasy) Editor, Director, Cinematographer, Writer, Visual effects, Camera and Electrical Department, Composer After being abandoned a young girl grows up away from the influence of the real world and slowly creates an alternate reality. With inspiration from some of her belongings and her imagination, she begins to compose a story and realizes that to fulfill her destiny, she must overcome her fears to achieve her dreams. Written by Kirk Palayan
Film (short) by Peter Bedard (Drama, Mystery and Romance) Editor HET is an upside-down look at the journey of a young couple making the transition from city life to the quiet suburbs of a small conservative town. A seemingly simple task of walking home, interspersed with a series of interviews of members of the close knit community provides the backdrop for an exploration of prejudice, hatred, sexual preference and community. This mockumentary turns the world on its head in order to give us a different perspective from which to ask: What is normal? What is moral? Who's right is right? Written by Anonymous
Ninth November Night
Film (short) by Max Carlson (Documentary) Editor, Director
Film by Max Carlson Editor, Director, Producer, Writer Nathan, a drifter, travels west to Barstow. On his trip of self-discovery, we are introduced to the true nature of Nathans travel plans.
Dennis Hopper: Create (or Die)
or Di by Ariane Riecker (Documentary and Biography) Editor