Is one of those mythic and always suspect creatures known as “The Hollywood Screenwriter” [which everyone knows is made up because actors invent their lines on the spot]. A native Californian [and we all know those don’t exist either] she was raised by cat women at Madame Slotsky’s Home For Wayward Girls until the day she sassed Madame Slotsky one too many times and was shipped south of the Mason Dixon Line to learn “ladies don’t spit.”
Recipient of a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and winner of an Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Award, Max’s original script Excess Baggage was purchased by Columbia Pictures, immediately rewritten by 7 dwarves, 5 development executives, 2 actors and 1 partridge in a pear tree, and launched on unsuspecting audiences in 1997. Since dubbed “Red Hot Adams” by Daily Variety she has worked with Columbia Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, and Tri-Star Pictures on myriad projects “in development.” And is now lobbying her congressman for a “return of fire” medal [something sparkly would be nice].
Max’s adaptation, The Ladykillers, was released in 2004 [and she lost the damn arbitration on that one]. One For The Money in 2012. [Another day, another arbitration.] She is the founder of two international online screenwriting groups, Left Door and 5150, is a former AFI Alumni reader and WGA online mentor, is a recipient of the University of Utah College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni Award, and is the founder of The Academy of Film Writing.
Max’s non-filmic writing credits include journalism, short fiction, essays, theatre, humor, and radio. She is the author of The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide – and has an almost criminal love of shoes.