Bricolagista! is run by the husband-wife 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.
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Irish born and Indian raised, Sheena Matheiken is a filmmaker and designer working across the broad realms of film, design and technology. Since arriving in New York City a decade and a half ago, Sheena has immersed herself in a wide spectrum of projects – from making post-war movies in the Balkans, instigating a globally acclaimed fashion movement, and producing Bricolagista's award-winning debut feature film, LA VOZ DE LOS SILENCIADOS. She also produced and edited their new feature, SEA TO SHINING SEA.
In 2001, Sheena created Urbicide, a portrait of a post war city re-inhabited by its citizenry, shot in Sarajevo four years after the Serbian siege. The film premiered at ABC No Rio gallery in NYC, on the six month anniversary of September 11. In 2009, Sheena launched the globally acclaimed Uniform Project – an experiment in ethical fashion – whereby she challenged herself to wear the same dress for an entire year while raising funds for children's school uniforms in India's slums. The project went viral, acquired millions of views, and raised over $100k for charity. Following its success, she was honored as one of Elle Magazine’s Women of the Year.