Fox Maxy

Filmmaker & visual artist

Fox Maxy (born and based in San Diego, US) is a visual artist and director whose work is rooted in deeply personal reflections on safety, the health of land and water, survival, joy and endurance.

“My practice exists for my health”, she says. “I use film to convert stagnant feelings and honour memories. By telling my own stories in my own style, I am free”.

Maxy is from the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians and she is Payómkawish.

Her films push the genres of horror and documentary. Her first feature-length film, Gush, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2023. A collage of audio-visual material gathered by Maxy over a decade, Gush is a kaleidoscopic study of horror and survival, an ode to friendship and a celebration of endurance.

In 2020, COUSIN Collective, which supports Indigenous artists working in film, awarded Maxy with her first grant. She was the Sundance Institute’s Merata Mita Fellow in 2022 and is currently a Vera List Center Borderlands Fellow, an initiative created by the New School, Parsons New York and Arizona State University.

Maxy’s work has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Toronto International Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the imagineNATIVE Film Festival, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the BlackStar Film Festival and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, among others. Maxy is currently working on her second feature film, titled $hy Heart, which focuses on mental health.

“Receiving The CHANEL Next Prize is further liberation for me”, Maxy says. “It tells me that my voice is being heard and my point of view is acknowledged. To be recognised as an innovator from such an iconic and elegant brand is an honour and I’m beyond grateful”.

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