Chuj Boys of Summer

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Speaking only his native language, a Guatemalan teenager begins his new life in rural Colorado.

A true story starring those who live it, this is the first film made in Chuj, a Mayan language.

Winner: SXSW Special Jury Award
Winner: National Board of Review Student Award
Winner: NYU Graduate Film Wasserman/King Award

Made possible though the assistance of:
– Jeff Lima Production Fund
– Flies Collective Film Grant
– Panavision New Filmmaker Program
– KODAK Scholarship Program
– NYU Graduate Film

8bc7b7554c headshotDirector Biography – Max Walker-Silverman

Max Walker-Silverman is a filmmaker and writer from rural Colorado. Having been employed as a cowhand, literary editor, and community organizer, he now tells stories about kindness in the American West.

His work has received the Kodak Vision Award, The National Board of Review’s Student Award, the Golden Tadpole at Camerimage, the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, and a Vimeo Staff Pick. He is the first person to receive consecutive NYU Grad Film Wasserman Awards, given previously to the likes of Spike Lee, Cary Fukunaga, and Ang Lee.

He lives and works in the mountains of Colorado, where he is currently in post-production on his first feature: a gentle, western love story starring Dale Dickey and Academy Award winner Wes Studi.

Director Statement

My films are about imagining a kinder American West; the idea being that imagining it is the first step towards attaining it. This short is a proud piece of that work.

I made it with my high school friends from Guatemala; We’re very proud of it.

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