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Max Winslow and the House of Secrets

Five teenagers compete to win a mansion owned by entrepreneur and scientist Atticus Virtue. To win the teens must face-off against a super computer named HAVEN who controls the mansion.

  • Sean Olson
    F.R.E.D.I., The Other Mother, Christmas Wonderland
  • Jeff Wild
  • Johnny Remo
    F.R.E.D.I., Saved by Grace, Hardflip, Like a Country Song
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  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, family
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 37 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 15, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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  • Burbank International Film Festival
    United States
    September 7, 2019
    World Premiere
    BEST FEATURE FILM // Nominated for Best Actor (Chad Michael Murray), Best Actress (Jade Chynoweth), Best Original Score (Jason Brandt)
  • Fayetteville Film Festival
    United States
    October 5, 2019
    Arkansas Premire
  • Canadian International Faith and Family Film Festival
    September 14, 2019
    Canadian Premiere
    BEST FAMILY FILM // Nominated for Best Director (Sean Olson), Best Actress (Sydne Mikelle), Best Supporting Actor (Tanner Buchanan)
  • Shriekfest
    United States
    September 28, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Kingdomwood Film Festival
    United States
    October 3, 2019
    Georgia Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival
    United States
    February 15, 2020
    New England Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
    Newport Beach
    United States
    October 1, 2020
    Official Selection
  • International Horror and SciFi Film Festival
    United States
    November 14, 2020
    Arizona Premiere
    Winner - Donor's Choice - Competition Feature
Director Biography - Sean Olson

A graduate from with a BFA in Media Arts at The University of Arizona, Sean began his career editing for shows such as the entertainment news program "Extra", "Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen" and "The Face in the Mirror", an Emmy Winning documentary about domestic violence. He put together behind the scenes content for blockbusters like "The Dark Knight" and "Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" and "Wanted". Sean has edited over 20 features including "Wyatt Earp’s Revenge" (Val Kilmer), "Christmas Under Wraps" (Candace Cameron Bure) and "How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer" (America Fererra), which debuted at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

Building on a successful run as a 4-time Emmy-winning editor, Sean made the transition into directing. His directorial debut, suspense-thriller "The Contractor" (Danny Trejo) was distributed by Lionsgate. Recently he helmed the sci-fi drama "Max Winslow and the House of Secrets" (Chad Michael Murray, Marina Sirtis) about five teens who face off against a super computer to win a mansion.

In 2017 Sean directed the sci-fi adventure film "F.R.E.D.I." (Kelly Hu, Angus MacFayden) about a teen who finds a robot in the forest near his home. "F.R.E.D.I." went on to win Best of the Fest at the Bentonville Film Festival and Best Family Film at the Burbank Film Festival. He was also nominated for Best Director at the Action on Film Festival.

Olson’s other directing works include "Christmas Wonderland" (Emily Osment) for Hallmark,
"The Other Mother" (Annie Wersching) and "Mommy Be Mine" (Ava Sambora) for MarVista Entertainment. For Lifetime he directed "A Christmas Reunion", the movie reunited Starship Troopers cast members Denise Richards, Patrick Muldoon and Jake Busey. He also directed "The Dog Who Saved Easter" (Beverley Mitchell, Catherine Hicks) and the follow up "The Dog Who Saved Summer" with "Karate Kid" stars Martin Kove and Billy Zabka.

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Director Statement

"Max Winslow and the House of Secrets" is very personal to me on many levels. I grew up watching movies and TV Shows like "2001: A Space Odyssey", "The Twilight Zone" "Breakfast Club" and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory". In those films, teens were portrayed as capable, smart problem-solvers with the freedom to make decisions and mistakes. These themes are still relevant today, although they have been sorely lacking in many modern family films. Back then, filmmakers didn’t pander to their younger audience; they treated them and the material with respect, not afraid to portray real challenges (and the achievement of overcoming them). With Max Winslow, I hope to restore the quality and content children’s films to the ones I remember from the 80s. All of our characters are treated with the upmost respect, written as multi-dimensional with diverse backgrounds and real-world challenges to overcome.

As a father of two young boys, Max Winslow is not only a labor of love for myself, but a movie I want to share with today’s youth and excite them they way I was excited when I first watched movies. My goal is to capture the magic and entertain both adults and kids.