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Max Lugavere (born 1982 in New York City) is an American television personality, health and science journalist, author, filmmaker, and musician. He resides in Los Angeles, California and New York City.
From 2005 to 2011, Lugavere was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy-winning, independent cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted, wrote and produced more than 100 hours of original content.
He co-hosted the show "Max and Jason: Still Up" with Jason Silva and they became a prolific hosting and producing duo, with stories ranging from illegal immigration and counterfeit IDs, to profiling a brave new singer songwriter right before signing a publishing deal, to a taped philosophical sit-down with director Darren Aronofsky. Their story on counterfeit IDs earned them a featured appearance and interview on Anderson Cooper 360. Their franchise, "Max and Jason Style" was one of the hallmarks of their work on Current TV. They covered issues in a distinctly unique way, often juxtaposing telegenic images and a heightened filmmaking aesthetic with bold and intelligent content.
Max Lugavere (along with Current TV co-host Jason Silva, Lisa Ling, and June Arunga) hosted Pangea Day on May 10, 2008, a live 4-hour program of film, music, and speakers broadcast worldwide to over 150 countries and with a projected audience of 500 million people. The goal of the event, created by filmmaker Jehane Noujaim and TED curator Chris Anderson, was to unite the people of the world through the power of film.
In 2013, Lugavere created, produced, and became the host of Tribeca Enterprises' first-ever original series, Acting Disruptive, airing across the AOL universe (AolOn, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, etc.), in a major original content push by the digital media giant. The series covers disruptive ideas and innovation, while featuring prominent entertainer-entrepreneurs. Forbes Magazine described the show as "two parts big ideas, one part late night talk show."
In January, 2015, Lugavere launched a Kickstarter campaign for a documentary film called Bread Head. The project was to explore "the impact of our diets and lifestyles on brain health" as a means towards dementia prevention. In a substantial media campaign to raise initial funding for the film, Lugavere revealed that his motivation for launching the project, as well as investigating brain health in general, was that his mother had developed cognitive impairment at a young age. The crowdfunding effort was very successful, raising nearly double its goal from 1,748 backers from around the world.
As of January 4, 2018, the film is in final cut and has been submitted to film festivals.
Lugavere was featured in the Fall 2008 Gap "Icons" campaign worldwide.
As a musician, Lugavere has performed at The Hotel Cafe and other venues in the Los Angeles area. He self-financed his debut EP entitled "One Year Later," a collection of songs both acoustic and full-band that have received critical acclaim. Produced by Aaron Tap, mixed by Tony Lash, and featuring guest vocals from Columbia recording artist Angel Taylor, it was released digitally in the US on June 8, 2010 via Daylighter Records.
Lugavere founded Rockdrive, a collaborative philanthropic concert series to benefit changing education paradigms, with events held in Los Angeles, Nashville, and Miami.
He has appeared multiple times as a guest on the TYT Network's panel show The Point, as well as The Rubin Report.
Since 2015, Lugavere has been a "core expert" on The Dr. Oz Show where he often appears to discuss nutrition and other health topics.
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- "Update 23: Happy New Year! Gratitude, and an update! · BREAD HEAD: Can we prevent America's most feared disease?". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
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