Max Maldonado is a documentary filmmaker based out of New York City. Growing up in Florida, Max became fascinated by the state’s complicated history, politics, and relationship with nature. Starting his career in journalism at his college’s radio station, he became intimately familiar with the issues his community faces.
Max’s documentary project, Black Snow, investigates the sugar industry’s decades-long practice of sugarcane burning in South Florida and its effects on the health of residents. His film will touch on the environment, inequality, and environmental racism. His project has received recognition from esteemed organizations such as the Redford Center, IF/THEN Shorts, and the Knight Foundation. He is also a current fellow of the Economic Hardship and Reporting Project.