Skip to content Skip to navigation

Max Good

Max Good

Documentary Film and Video
B.A., Communications and the Arts, University of Pennsylvania


Max Good released his first feature documentary in 2011, Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle for Expression, a unique exposé on the phenomenon of anti-graffiti vigilantes.  The film screened at venues worldwide, including the New Orleans Film Festival and the International Festival of Films on Art.  It can now be seen on Netflix.  Previously, he worked as assistant producer and distribution manager on the Academy Award-nominated documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.   Perpetual Ed, Max's first short documentary at Stanford, premiered at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2014.  Dry Season, co-directed with fellow student Tyler Trumbo, has played at several festivals, including the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and United Nations Association Film Festival.
Max is fascinated by marginal characters and provocative stories.  Often taking  an interventionist approach, his films aim to challenge comfort and complacency.


UFVA Carole Fielding Grant, 2015
The Breitrose Awards by The Enersen Foundation, 2015


The Assassin & Mrs. Paine 

HD video

JUNE, 2015

One woman’s unshakable connection to the JFK assassination continues to haunt her fifty years later. 

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Finalist, Documentary Category, Student Academy Awards, 2016

goodbye oldschool 

image of a dilapidated house from the film goodbye oldschool by max good.

hd video

JUNE, 2014

A filmmaker confronts nostalgia for his old crew of friends and a long-standing falling out.

Dry Season 

image from the film Dry Season by Max Good and Tyler Trumbo

hd video

Co-directed by Tyler Trumbo
MARCH, 2014

An eclectic Northern California town faces an uncertain future as the state suffers through its worst drought in 500 years.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Best Student Film, Environmental Film Festival at Yale, 2015
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, 2015
San Francisco Green Film Festival, 2015
Mendocino Film Festival, 2015

"Drawn Together: A Selection of Recent Documentaries by Stanford Students", Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2015
United Nations Association Film Festival, 2014

Perpetual Ed 

image from the film Perpetual Ed by Max Good

16mm black and white film


An eccentric musician faces his imminent death with cynicism, humor, and defiance.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Grand Prize, Maine Media Workshop Character Contest, 2014
Arizona International Film Festival, 2015
SF DocFest, 2015
Sheffield Doc/Fest, 2014



June 13, 2015

free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
June 12, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium
March 18, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium
December 10, 2013

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building

Related News

Sep 26 2014
The Department of Art & Art History is pleased to announce that nine students and alumni of the Documentary Film & Video Program will present their documentary films...