ABOUT

Hi! I'm Mandi. I'm a queer WGC-eligible screenwriter, award-winning director, script consultant, educator, Pochinko clown, and LGBTQ+ rights and mental health advocate.

 

In terms of directing, I’m in development for my LGBTQ+ mental health-focused indie feature Feeling Unreal, and in pre-production for my short LGBTQ+ romance film Reverie.

My short mockumentary The Fardy Brothers, which was created for the 48 Hour Film Project Toronto, won Audience Favorite (Group A) and screened at the Best of 48 Hour Short Films. It went on to screen at film festivals all around the world such as The Ontario International Film Festival, Canadian International Comedy Film Festival, SPLICE Film Fest, FilmJam, and the European Film Festival in which I won Best Director alongside my co-writer/co-director Kevin P. Gabel. While the pandemic put my shorts on hold, I took part in the Stuck At Home 48 Hour Film Project and created my first stop motion film Annie & Pepper that was very well received!

I also facilitate my one-of-a-kind Writing Through Play intensive, inspired by my training in Pochinko clown and general tendency to make a fool of myself.

MISSION

My mission as a screenwriter/director is to tell raw, authentic stories from my lived experiences and from my heart in hopes of making the world a more inclusive, loving place.

Moving forward, I am only focusing on projects that speak to that mission.

 

GENRES

Drama, comedy, dramedy, romance, fantasy (contemporary, epic), adventure, animation (traditional, stop motion, puppetry), and musicals. Additional interest in psychological thrillers and mystery.

THEMES/STORY SUBJECTS

Most of the screenplays I write/direct are LGBTQ+ and mental health stories with strong female characters and themes/subjects consisting of:

  • Love is love

  • Vulnerability is strength

  • Individual vs. self

  • Individual vs. society

  • Resisting oppression

  • Light vs. dark

  • Abandonment

  • Trauma & mental health

  • Family/chosen family

  • Self discovery

  • Personal growth

  • Finding self love

  • The beauty in simplicity

  • The power of hope

 

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTISE

Pochinko clowning, acting (film, theatre, musical theatre, dinner theatre, jukebox musicals, Fringe theatre, improv, commercials, background, standing in), directing, bisexuality/pansexuality, polyamory/ethical non-monogamy, mental health, atheism, escape rooms, badminton, serving, thrifting, Dance Dance Revolution, Tommy Wiseau's The Room, growing up in the 90’s.

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MANDI MAXWELL

 

Screenwriter/Director

Canadian

 

DIRECTING

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The Fardy Brothers

Written & Directed by Mandi Maxwell & Kevin P. Gabel

Short Film

Mockumentary

Two detective brothers face their most difficult case yet: catching the lawless reprobates leaving aluminium foil calling cards at the scenes of their crimes.

Shot for the 48 Hour Film Project, Toronto

MADE TOP 15 OUT OF 115 FILMS SHOT FOR THE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT, TORONTO

SCREENED AT THE BEST OF SHORT FILMS 2019

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REQUIRED ELEMENTS

Character: Ali Parc, tour guide

Prop: Aluminum foil

Line of Dialog: "So, are we going to do this?" or "So, are we gonna do this?"

Genre: Mockumentary

 
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Annie & Pepper

Written by Mandi Maxwell

Stop-Motion Animation Short

Family Friendly Comedy

When Pepper the cat wakes up from his nap, he's startled to find his owner's kid Annie looming over him. She declares it's play time, however Pepper doesn't want to play! Can Pepper escape before having to join Annie’s tea party?

A short stop motion animation film created in COVID-19 quarantine for the 48 Hour Stuck At Home Film Project 2020

REQUIRED ELEMENTS

Lines of Dialog:

"There's no place like home."

"That's what I'm talking about!"

 

(Did not have to be spoken by the characters)