2021 • 19:40 MINUTES • HD
Max Bryson is the hottest ticket in town as his upstart hedge fund takes the New York financial world by storm. Riding high from his success and true to his underdog nature, Max decides to explore his passion for the arts and sets his sight on supporting unknown artists. He ventures into an ambitious real estate project to revolutionize the art scene of a local Brooklyn neighbourhood, despite pushback from the community. Meanwhile, Reagan Anderson, a liberal journalist, tracks his journey in hopes of landing a great story.
IN MAX WE TRUST
Sheldon Chau (He/Him)
Born in Los Angeles of Cantonese descent, Sheldon discovered as a teenager that movies were more than simply entertainment via his introduction to the Criterion Collection. He was further intrigued by storytelling when he interviewed his father for a documentary and learned of his parents' tale of survival after the war when they fled Vietnam. Inspired by both this personal family story and the camera as a medium, Sheldon committed to filmmaking and attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where he earned his MFA in directing and cinematography.
Sheldon is the winner of the 2015 ARRI Volker Bahnemann Award for Cinematography and his work has been screened at major festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice, Tribeca, Rotterdam, and Locarno. His most recent credit as a cinematographer is Nafi’s Father - Senegal’s official entry for the 2021 Oscars for Best International Film. As a director, his short film Flying Eggs has over 2 million views on YouTube's Omeleto channel and Vimeo’s Staff Pick, and was recently a 2021 Slamdance Film Festival selection.
Sheldon has specialized in shooting internationally, working with diverse colleagues, and balancing both large-scaled and tiny guerilla-style crews. As a filmmaker, he continues to seek stories that are evocative, personal, and emotionally resonant.
My ode to an ever-changing America.
Brooklyn as a microcosm for this country, both good and bad.
What motivates a man to put his name on buildings? My main character Max Bryson may not want to be President of the United States (yet), but he certainly has the ambition.
Thank you for joining me on this cautionary tale of wealth, ambition, and 'screen paintings’.