Mini Bio (1)
Writer/director Max Myers grew up watching films from Sam Peckinpah, Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood, Martin Ritt and Walter Hill. He is an avid fan of the Western, crediting those iconic directors along with films of the 60s & 70s as his main inspiration.
Max was born in Iserlohn, West Germany, the son of an English Army soldier and a local schoolgirl. He spent the first years of his life traveling with his family to a variety of postings including London, Germany, South Australia and Gibraltar.
At age 15, he landed on the mean streets of East London, where he joined a rock-n-roll-band, learned to play a respectable blues harp and did some serious amateur boxing. Later he moved into tour management and sound mixing, working and playing for many famous musicians from such notable European acts as Mungo Jerry, Manfred Mann, Wings, Berlin Rock Ensemble and Moonraker. Eventually he was drawn to the American shores, landing in Baltimore, MD, where he continued to work and play for now-forgotten bands, Face Dancer and Objects, amongst others.
In the early 90s, Max relocated to New York and started a music production company, but soon the collapse of Wall Street left him homeless and penniless. He drew upon his early days as an amateur boxer and informed by his experiences in the violent neighborhoods of East London, took on a succession of jobs as doorman and bouncer at some of New York's edgier nightclubs. It was in this era that he continued his street education, joining a biker gang and experiencing firsthand the lawlessness and corruption of society's underbelly.
By 1995, he recognized there was no future for him on the streets, so he took a job waiting tables and began his writing career. His first big break came when he landed a development deal with Martin Scorsese's Cappa Productions, under the guidance of Barbara De Fina. Succumbing to the lure of Hollywood, Max moved west where he continues to write, direct and teach.
For his first feature, Don't Let Go, he won Outstanding Directorial Achievement 2002 at the Stony Brook Film Festival, Best Picture at Westchester and a Prism Award in Los Angeles.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Stanley Moss