Max Malkin began directing after an impressive career as a director of photography, cutting his teeth on some of the most iconic music videos of all time for artists including Eminem, The Dead Weather, Beck, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M., and The Beastie Boys. He would go on to bring his unique visual style to the world of commercials and feature films, working with such prolific directors as Jonathan Glazer, Michel Gondry, Jim Sheridan, and David O. Russell.
As a director, Max’s distinct visual aesthetic has received the attention of some of the world’s best-known global brands, having directed numerous films for the likes of Nike, Beats, Jim Beam, Volvo, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Samsung, T-Mobile, Blue Moon, and Mercedes, to name a few. “One in a Billion” – Adidas’ first ever ad for China – was highly acclaimed due to its championing of creativity and individuality in sports and took home Silver at the 2017 CLIO Awards for Fashion: Film. His work on the Nike “Unlimited” Olympics campaign similarly generated an incredible amount of buzz across social media channels and was recognized with numerous awards, including the esteemed Gold Film Lion at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The campaign also won bronze at One Show and was honored for Advertising Excellence/Campaign at the 2017 AICP Awards.
Max’s work behind the camera has earned him many prestigious honors, including several awards for the unforgettable Nike “Frozen Moment” ad, featuring Michael Jordan, AICP Visual Style honors for Nike “Magnet” and “Move,” as well as recognition as an AICP Excellence Honoree for Nike “Freestyle.”
In 2018, Max directed the ambitious “World Orchestra” for United Airlines’ Uniting the World fall campaign. The spot transports the viewer from one culture to another across the world, meeting various musicians along the way including a Chicago blues trombonist playing in a Shanghai bamboo forest and a Japanese flutist playing against the backdrop of the Grand Canyon.
Max currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three beautiful children.