Maximón Monihan

Maximón Monihan was born and raised in Seattle’s Central District. He was a regular installment in the city’s street kid/punk scene that served as the foundation for the classic documentary film Streetwise (in which he made an appearance). By the late-80s, he was sponsored by the legendary H-Street skateboard team and was featured in, and worked on, numerous landmark skate films, most notably Shackle Me Not and Hokus Pokus. During this time Monihan earned a degree in Cultural Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz while concomitantly traveling throughout Europe, Asia, Central America and Africa as a professional skateboarder. Studying abroad meant that, while not skateboarding, he worked as a roaming research assistant for his renowned academic mentors, Professors Angela Davis, Roberto Crespi, Akasha Hull, David Anthony, and Herman Gray.

By the mid-90s he relocated to Brooklyn and stopped skating professionally to instead make skate films for his former sponsors. He also began working as a film critic for, the first ever online TV network.  

In the late 2000s he launched his own production company, Bricolagista!, and has shot a number of short films, online TV series and music videos for artists ranging from Prince Paul, Jean Grae, Talib Kweli, Greg Nice, Kool Keith, Thunderheist and Drop The Lime to Dead Kids, I.R.O.K., MC Paul Barman and Negroes On Ice. 

In 2013 he finished his first narrative feature, La Voz De Los Silenciados (The Voice of the Voiceless)a magical-neo-realist, modern day silent film that has been described as “Chaplin meets Eraserhead.” La Voz has played abroad extensively, winning awards for best sound, best director and best film at various international film festivals. It premiered in the USA at SF Indie Film Festival in 2015. 

Currently, Monihan is preparing for two new films, one to be shot in Japan, the other in North America.

[bio courtesy of the filmmaker] 



Recent Reviews

La voz de los silenciados

Beautifully done film but extremely heavy and depressing.

The Rise and the Fall of the Dix

Hysterical. Funny mockumentary in the fashion of Spinal Tap, but with way more sexual innuendos.