Touching on urgent themes of fascism, narcissism, global politics, and gender equality, filmmaker Max Joseph (best known for co-hosting MTV’s “Catfish” and directing We Are Your Friends) has teamed-up with social network Vero to create “Charismatic Thinker” a series of bold short films tackling, in his own words, “anything he wants”, of which “Dicks” is the first episode. Watch the teaser for the series “Charismatic Thinker” here.
Embarking on a journey that takes him on a rollercoaster ride across America, back in time, and through the pages of philosophy. “Dicks” asks whether you need to be a “dick” (or an asshole, tyrant or Machiavellian douche) in order to be a great leader – or in Max’s case, a great film director.
Featuring interviews with filmmakers Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day), Randall Poster (Music Supervisor on all your favorite movies), John Hamburg (Meet the Parents, I Love You, Man), and Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, “Billions”), as well as writers Robert Greene (The 48 Laws of Power), Aaron James (Assholes: A Theory) and Adam Grant (TED speaker and bestselling author of Originals), Max’s odyssey’s leads him to unpredictable places and conclusions. One part TED-talk, one part Don Quixote, “Dicks” is bound to provoke.
Max Joseph, writer and director of the new series for Vero: “I’ve spent way too much time over the years fantasizing about making these visual essays which I hope are fun personal explorations into the themes or ideas I’m grappling with. What I like so much about Vero—the app and the community—is that it offers the perfect venue to share my work and myself with likeminded, curious people, and without the negativity and hate that can come in other online forums. But what I really appreciated most was Vero’s respectful hands-off approach in allowing me to just do my thing no matter what weirdness it led me to. It’s rare to be given total creative freedom and an exciting proposition for all artists across the board. Excited to make more and see what others do with the opportunity.”
Max Joseph has made over 75 films, from acclaimed indie documentaries, to widely released feature films. His work has been screened at Sundance, Telluride, and SXSW, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and the Gagosian Gallery in New York.