director portrait
Max Winkler possesses an original and distinctive cinematic voice. His recent work includes the feature film Jungleland, which premiered at TIFF in 2019. It’s about a reluctant bare-knuckle boxer (Jack O’Connell) and his manager/brother (Charlie Hunnam) who must travel cross-country for one last fight, but an unexpected travel companion (Jessica Barden) exposes cracks in their bond. Max also directed Flower, produced by Rough House, a dark love letter to his teenage years in the San Fernando Valley, starring Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott and Kathryn Hahn released by The Orchard in 2018. Flower was a New York Times Critics Pick. Max directed and wrote his feature directorial debut, Ceremony (Uma Thurman, Lee Pace, Michael Angarano, Jake Johnson), through Magnolia Pictures in 2011; Jason Reitman produced. Ceremony premiered at TIFF in 2010. Max also directed episodes of Fox’s hit comedies “New Girl” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” as well as Netflix’s “Lady Dynamite,” Hulu’s “Casual” and The CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” And early on, he directed and produced “Clark and Michael,” a 10-episode web series, produced by CBS, starring Michael Cera and Clark Duke.