This Is Major


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THIS IS MAJOR is an Award Winning Documentary about beloved South Philadelphia Hip Hop artist Major Van Winkle.

The film shares Major's story with a resonating pace that connects his undeniable magnetism, talent, and love with the real and painful isolation of mental health struggles. Featuring brave & powerful interviews with Major's Dad, musician Don Lee Van Winkle, and insights of journalist/author Stephen Fried (Gia).

Official Selections:

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Dances With Films (NYC), Julien Dubuque International Film Festival,

Richard Harris International Film Festival (Ireland) - Nominee Best Short Documentary, Winner Best Composer - Major Van Winkle.

Winner Best Short Documentary at Phoenixville Film Festival

Maryland International Film Festival

Reel Abilities Film Festival.


From the Audience:

"A Gripping, powerful piece..."


"Amazing artist...compelling film...."

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A charismatic beloved hip hop artist from South Philadelphia puts his lyrical poetry and love to the world, but in the face of recent loss and a pandemic, spirals into struggles with Mental Health.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    34 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Genre
  • Subtitle Language
  • Content Warning
    Mental health, Suicide
  • Social Media
  • Director
    Scot Sax, Leslie Mills
  • Producer
    Leslie Mills
  • Executive Producer
    Don Lee Van Winkle
  • Cinematographer
    Josh Shreve
  • Editor
    Josh Shreve
  • Composer
    Major Van Winkle