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Maxwell Gray Film Fellowship & Internship to Promote Mental Health

Produce work that matters.


The Program

The Maxwell Gray Film Fellowship and Film Production Summer Internship promote college student mental health by producing original video content.

Both opportunities are eight-week stints at the University of Michigan with tentative dates set for July-August 2017. During that time the fellow will lead and the intern will actively participate in the production of one or more brief films to promote mental health awareness and help-seeking in college student populations.

The venture is led by the University of Michigan Depression Center, in collaboration with the School of Public Health and the Screen Arts & Cultures department of the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Support for this film project is provided by a generous gift from Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, in memory of Maxwell A. Gray.

Max Gray

Max Gray was passionate about film, art and music. He graduated from the Gallatin School at New York University in 2010 and worked as an associate at OddLot Entertainment, an American motion picture production company based out of Los Angeles. In August 2013, Max died from depression at the age of 25.

In memory of her son, Laurie Davis Gray established the Max Gray Fund for Depression Research at UCLA in 2014, while the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation went on to support this film project at U-M in 2016.

A Friend's Thoughts by Adam Saewitz

Max was a huge cinephile. His love of film, music and the interweaving of the two were a part of practically every conversation he and I shared. We met in a class called "The History of Hip Hop" which was taught at the Clive Davis Department of Music at New York University. From that semester onwards, Max and I would meet frequently and dissect albums, films and music videos ad nauseam, especially that of the hip hop variety.

Max always had a magical capacity to find correlations between a film, a piece of literature or a record. He read and absorbed art voraciously and I always admired his capacity to reference such a rich depth of films and music and literature so effortlessly. You could ask him about a piece of art and he'd talk your head off about it. He had so many opinions about the work of the art and he had so many rich feelings about it too. I miss that about him so much. All that he loved, he loved to his core and his passion for the arts was so much a part of what made him great.


  • Maxwell Gray Fellow: Carver Diserens, MFA student, Columbia University
  • Maxwell Gray Intern: Rachel Banks, undergraduate student, University of Michigan
  • Maxwell Gray Intern: Carly Angott, undergraduate student, Eastern Michigan University


  • Maxwell Gray Fellow: Cameron Quevedo, documentary filmmaker and MFA student, University of Texas, Austin
  • Maxwell Gray Intern: Lyntoria Newton, MFA student, Stanford University
  • Maxwell Gray Intern: S. Elyse Shultz, undergraduate student, University of Michigan
  • The 2016 team focused on the impact of mindfulness and meditation on student mental health.

    See their videos.