The Next Perspective

Max DeGenova is a filmmaker, photographer, actor, musician, and Chicago native. He graduated with a BA in Cinema Arts + Sciences and a minor in Stage Acting from Columbia College Chicago in 2016. He has written and directed numerous narrative short films as well as music videos and experimental films. He has extensive experience in product photography and portrait photography with a candid edge.

Max's films and photographs focus on a candor that is often unexpressed in popular media. He believes in honesty at all levels of the creative process. He often thinks back to the first time a film taught him something about himself, and he seeks to do the same with his own work. Even if the subject matter is unattractive, if it is truthful it might show people that they are not alone in their struggles, fears, and insecurities.



  • Short film, Sojourn, selected for The Spectacle screening in 2016

  • Awarded “Best photographer in Oak Park” by the Oak Park Area Arts Council in 2013

  • Photography published in the Capture My Chicago Volume III annual anthology of Chicago photography in 2013

  • Photography published in two issues of After Hours, a Chicago-based literary/art magazine; one photograph was made the cover of the magazine in 2012

  • Photography chosen to compete in the Danny K. Davis Art Competition in 2012

  • Photography chosen for an exhibition of Oak Park & River Forest High School’s “Best artists of the year” in 2012

  • Short Film, Nighthawks, awarded 1st place in the Highland Park Cinepoem Competition in 2013