Maximilla Lukacs

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Maximilla Lukacs was born in Budapest, Hungary and moved to California when she was nine. She studied film and fine art at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is an award winning filmmaker and fine artist whose works have been showcased at prestigious galleries and film festivals around the globe and featured in publications such as Vanity Fair, T Magazine and The Huffington Post. Her work has been shown at Roberts and Tilton Gallery in Los Angeles, Deitch Projects in New York, The Cobb Gallery in London, The Anthology Film Archive in New York and many others.

As a director, she has helmed countless commercials and short films for Topshop, Minnetonka, Johnson & Johnson, Orla Kiely and the BBC as well as music videos for Courtney Love, Karen Elson, First Aid Kit and Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros.

A deft storyteller, Lukacs’ dreamy, psychedelic pieces embrace both her background in fine art as well as her deep passion for social activism. In 2012, Lukacs co-founded the creative collective The Department of Peace. Focused on inspiring young people toward political action, TDP has partnered with Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, MoveOn.org,   The Rainforest Alliance and others to create a series of hugely successful PSAs. Featuring influential artists such as Lena Dunham, Miranda July and Susan Sarandon, Lukacs’ playfully creative PSAs have garnered millions of views, as well as critical acclaim from publications such as The Washington Post and Time Magazine. She currently resides in Los Angeles.