Videographer, Editor, Producer, Filmmaker
Company
Max Hechtman Films
MAX HECHTMAN, a graduate of the Film and Media Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), NYC, is a Long Island and New York-based filmmaker. His narrative and documentary work has received recognition at various film festivals nationally. His goal is to use the art of film to bring attention to issues that challenge his and other generations, through subject matter and stories that are relatable and impact our lives.
His most recent documentary, "Stories of Strength and Hope: Preventing Youth Suicide" (2018), which won Best Documentary at the 2019 Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE), was inspired by a Middle School assembly given by suicide prevention advocate, John Halligan, and his seeing "Dear Evan Hansen" on Broadway, which heightened his awareness of the entertainment industry’s portrayal of mental health and youth suicide. The documentary covers the subject matter from the perspectives of the family, clinician, someone with a lived experience and the media, and features interviews with Halligan, whose son, Ryan, committed suicide at age 13; nationally-recognized child and adolescent psychiatrist Harold Koplewicz, President of the Child Mind Institute and Meryl Cassidy, Executive Director of the Suffolk County Response Crisis Center.
"FIT Hives: Sustainability – The Secret to Survival" (2016), which won the Eco Sustainable Award from Fashion Film Festival Chicago, was made as part of an Innovation Fund grant from the Clinton Global Initiative. The documentary, which also screened at the Chelsea Film Festival and NewFilmmakers NY, was produced to educate the FIT community about the importance of bees to the environment, the use of bee-derived resources in the majors taught at the college and the installation of beehives on the roof.
Hechtman’s first narrative film, "I Am Here" (2016) addresses the issue of his generation’s obsession with texting and technology and its effect on their lives and relationships. It was an official selection at festivals including Big Apple Film Festival, New York City International Film Festival and the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE).
"Abigail" (2019), his senior thesis film, which was an ambitious undertaking, touches on the controversial and complicated topic of end-of-life decision-making, as well as grief and loss. Hechtman plans to submit the film to festivals and given the current relevance of its subject matter, hopes it will be selected for screenings.
In addition to filmmaking, he has been working as a professional video editor for the past five years. He hopes to continue his work in production and post-production and pursue film projects, including short and feature-length narratives and documentaries that get people to think, question and open conversations about subjects that are difficult, but can lead to change and positive outcomes. An avid enthusiast of musical theatre, he also hopes to adapt Broadway musicals for film.
Best Documentary
Stories of Strength and Hope: Preventing Youth Suicide
Long Island International Film Festival
Bellmore, New York
2019
Official Selection
Stories of Strength and Hope: Preventing Youth Suicide
Chelsea Film Festival
New York, NY
2018
Official Selection
Stories of Strength and Hope: Preventing Youth Suicide
YoungFilmmakers New York
New York, NY
2018
Official Selection
Stories of Strength and Hope: Preventing Youth Suicide
NYC Mental Health Film Festival
New York, NY
2018
Official Selection
Stories of Strength and Hope: Preventing Youth Suicide
Awareness Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
2018
Official Selection
FIT Hives: Sustainability - The Secret to Survival
Long Island International Film Expo
Bellmore, NY
2017
Eco Sustainable Award
FIT Hives: Sustainability - The Secret to Survival
Fashion Film Festival Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
2017
Official Selection
FIT Hives: Sustainability - The Secret to Survival
Chelsea Film Festival
New York City, NY
2017
Official Selection
FIT Hives: Sustainability - The Secret to Survival
Gold Reel Student Film Festival
Charlotte, North Carolina
2017
Official Selection
FIT Hives: Sustainability - The Secret to Survival
NewFilmmakers NY
New York, NY
2017
Official Selection
I Am Here
Long Island International Film Expo
Bellmore, NY
2017
Official Selection
I Am Here
Big Apple Film Festival
New York, NY
2016
Official Selection
I Am Here
Levels Film Festival
Great Neck, NY
2016
Official Selection
I Am Here
New York City International Film Festival
New York, NY
2016
Official Selection
I Am Here
YoungFilmmakers Series
New York, NY
2016
College
Fashion Institute of Technology
Film and Media
20152019
High School
East Meadow High School
20112015
High School
Nassau BOCES Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Education Center
Video Production and Digital Film Making
20132015
Birth Date
April 26, 1997
Nickname
Maxillas
Birth City
New York, NY
Current City
East Meadow, NY
Hometown
East Meadow, NY
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
White
Eye Color
Brown
Uses visual/technical inspiration from various works to present his works the best and most professional way possible. His influences include the films of Steven Spielberg, Rob Marshall, Tom Hooper, Jean-Luc Godard, Yorgos Lanthimos, Stanley Kubrick, David Fincher and Damien Chazelle to name a few, as well as the "Mr. Robot" TV series.
Has a unique visual style with framing subjects two-thirds of the frame on either left or right sides.
Uses dutch angles in creative ways for specific shots.
Uses wide-angle lenses (14-17mm) for the wide shots of his works, sometimes distorting the edges of the image.
Uses his creativity to crossover the visual styles of one genre to another that has never had it done that way before.
Hechtman originally intended "I Am Here" (2016) to be an experiment in preparation for his studies in the Film and Media Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC before seeing its potential to enjoy a film festival run.
Hechtman served as resident videographer for East Meadow High School from 2013-2015. The videos he shot of the school's sporting events, fall/spring plays and musicals and concert performances can be viewed on his YouTube channel.
"I dream for a living." - Steven Spielberg
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
"I didn't want to make a film about the miracle cure. The truth about most disabilities is it's about living with them - there is no miracle." - Tom Hooper
"Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of, who do the things no one can imagine." - Alan Turning (The Imitation Game, 2011)
"The things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful." - Ben Platt
Videographer, Editor, Producer, Filmmaker
Company
Max Hechtman Films