Bricolagista! is run by the creative duo, Maximón Monihan & Sheena Matheiken. Our aim is to create films that transcend borders, genre and industry convention. We create by any means necessary, utilizing whatever we can get our hands on, with the sole intention of reconciling paradox and confronting complacency.
Maximón Monihan was raised in Seattle’s Central District. He was a regular installment in the city’s street kid/punk scene that served as the foundation for the classic documentary film "Streetwise" (in which he made an appearance). By the late-80s, he was sponsored by the legendary H-Street skateboard team and was featured in, and worked on, numerous landmark skate films, most notably "Shackle Me Not" and "Hokus Pokus". During this time Monihan earned a degree in Philosophy and Cultural Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz while concomitantly traveling throughout Europe, Asia, Central America and Africa as a professional skateboarder. Studying abroad meant that, while not skateboarding, he worked as a roaming research assistant for his renowned academic mentors, Professors Angela Davis, Akasha Hull, Roberto Crespi, and Herman Gray.
By the mid-90s he relocated to Brooklyn and stopped skating professionally to instead make skate films for his former sponsors. He also began working as a film critic for Pseudo.com, the first ever online TV network. Monihan has shot a number of short films, online TV series and music videos for artists ranging from Prince Paul, Jean Grae, Talib Kweli, Thunderheist, Greg Nice and Kool Keith to Dead Kids, I.R.O.K., MC Paul Barman and Negroes On Ice. He met his wife, Sheena Matheiken, in 2009 and they have since worked as creative partners. Bricolagista's award-winning debut feature film, LA VOZ DE LOS SILENCIADOS, was Monihan's directorial feature debut and will be released theatrically in 2017. SEA TO SHINING SEA is his second feature and will be finished in 2017.
→ monihan @ bricolagista.com
Irish born, Indian raised, and Brooklyn based, Sheena Matheiken is a filmmaker and multi-disciplinary designer. Since arriving in New York City almost two decades ago, Sheena has worked on a wide spectrum of projects spanning independent film, zero-waste fashion, interactive design and immersive storytelling.
Graduating from Parsons School of Design, Sheena made the experimental documentary, ‘URBICIDE’ – a portrait of post-war Sarajevo re-inhabited by its citizenry, shot just a few years after the Yugoslavian war. In 2009, Sheena launched THE UNIFORM PROJECT, whereby she challenged herself to reinvent the same dress everyday for a year. The project went viral and raised over $100k in funds for children’s education in India. It earned her the honor of being one of Elle Magazine’s Women of The Year.
Most recently, Sheena served as the head of experience design at an innovation space for tech entrepreneurs called New Lab, situated in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Prior to that, she was a creative director at The Mill, the reputed trans-atlantic post-production house. Sheena now co-runs Bricolagista! with her husband Maximón Monihan. She produced their award-winning debut film LA VOZ DE LOS SILENCIADOS. Sheena was both producer and editor of their new film, SEA TO SHINING SEA.
→ matheiken @ bricolagista.com