Guerrilla FC Pop Up & Gallery Show

I’m pleased to announce I will be showing a select batch of photos at Guerrilla FC’s new pop-up and art installation in Washington DC from June 18-July 12. There will also be some exclusive MageesCamera merch and art prints available to purchase. Additionally, we will be debuting a concept-kit collaboration I coordinated together with Nomadic Wax, Guerrilla FC, and South African hip hop and b-boy non-profit Heal the Hood.

The Event
On June 28, venture into The Mind of Guerrilla - a two-week pop-up/exhibition at Homme DC curated by Guerrilla FC. Inside is a sensory exploration of the eclectic components of a culture that drives and inspires this diverse community of creatives.

On display will be two art installations, two photography installations, and a video/audio installation. New, never before seen, Guerrilla FC gear will also be available, including a collaboration with South African, breakdance collective Heal the Hood and underground, hip hop production company Nomadic Wax. 

In communion with the pop-up and exhibit, Guerrilla FC has curated two live events during this period. On June 29, there will be a panel discussion on football culture and this summer’s World Cup. On July 12, Guerrilla FC and Homme DC welcome the Shirtless Plantain Show to perform a live show.


June 28: Launch Party // 8 PM - 12 AM
June 29: Panel discussion curated by Guerrilla FC // 3 PM - 4 PM
July 12:  Shirtless Plantain Show live viewing // 8 PM followed by Closing Party // 8:30 PM - 12 AM

The Mind of Guerrilla, concept by Justin Olivier Salhani (Guerrilla FC founder) - curated by Ruben Gzirian (Guerrilla FC) and Justin Salhani

Color spectrum, concept by Ruben Gzirian and Justin Olivier Salhani - curated by Ruben Gzirian

Photography installations by Magee McIlvaine (Guerrilla FC and Nomadic Wax) and Sonya Kondratenko

Video installation by Ruben Gzirian and Amir Browder

Washington DC Premiere & Digital Release for the Brave Girls documentary

The day has come! BRAVE GIRLS , a feature documentary I edited this past year, will have its digital release on June 4th!

We're thrilled that our distributor Virgil Films & Entertainment has the film available for pre-order on Amazon Prime Video

And if you live in the DC metro area, save the date - Monday, June 3rd at 7pm for a special screening event.

The day has come! BRAVE GIRLS will have its digital release on June 4th!

Film Premiere & New Trailer


I’m proud to announce that the feature documentary Brave Girls will have it’s World Premiere at DOC NYC on November 15th, 2018 at 7:30p. Tickets for the premiere are available HERE.

This film has been in the works for well over three years. My good friend and close collaborator Ellie Walton co-directed it alongside Yashaswi Desai, and I had the honor and privilege to be the editor.

The new official trailer for the film was just released this week as well.

The film now has a facebook page, so be sure to check that out to stay tuned news and upcoming screenings for the film.

Photo Selected: Best of #IGDC Exhibition

I'm pleased to announce that my portrait of legendary DC emcee Kokayi was selected to be a part of the "Best of IGDC" exhibition to be held at Blind Whino on Nov. 12. 

The "Best of IGDC" exhibition will highlight the works of local DC photographers, showing the best sides of the DMV every day. The exhibition is in partnership with Blind Whino SW Arts Club and with support from The Pink Line Project.

The opening reception will be on November 12th, from noon to 5pm. The exhibition will remain on view during normal gallery hours through December 17th.

More info on the exhibition here.

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Film Premiere!

A Sahel Community Confronts Security Threats: Film Premiere

USIP and AFI DOCS Film Festival Present 'Saaba,’ a Documentary Series, with a Panel Discussion

Burkina Faso

On October 25, join the U.S. Institute of Peace and the AFI DOCS Film Festival for the world premiere of a six-part documentary that traces the personal stories of residents and police who are cooperating with each other to improve security in their community on the region’s frontlines. 

I edited the film series for Meridian Hill Pictures. You can find out more about the premiere event here.


ReCreative Spaces Photography Exhibit: Opening Reception Recap

Thank You!

I am so moved by the outpouring of support from everyone who came out to the opening reception for my photography exhibit at ReCreative Spaces this past July (my first photography installation ever!). From all the emcees who came out to support, to Ben and my Nomadic Wax family who surprised me at the last minute, to DJ Boo holding it down lovely on the 1's and 2's, to all the friend and family who came through.... It was a truly humbling experience.

Emily of ReCreative Spaces was so supportive and helpful in guiding me through the organizing of my first ever gallery show for my photography.  And special thank you to Alejandro for helping me capture photos of the reception (see below). This was truly a family event. My wife, who pushed me to pursue an installation like this in the first place, co-wrote the caption stories with me, and supported me throughout the entire process. 

It was an honor to get a preview feature in DCist as well (read here), and AfricasACountry posted a piece about the photos as well (read here).

If you haven't seen the exhibit already, the installation will be up until September 30th at ReCreative Spaces: 3501 Perry Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712. And if you are interested in purchasing any prints, or some of the limited edition posters I made for the event, you can do through the online store at ReCreative Spaces (see here).

GNP Photo Mission (2017)

Had a great time on a quick photo mission to Glacier National Park in Montana. We were there for only three days, but we saw two moose, a grizzly, and caught some solid photos. I got a little too carried away with the winding-path-into-the-mountains shots, but they are so fun!


The timelapses were not the best. I caught these (below) on the fly from the Going-To-The-Sun-Road on our last day as we headed out. Cloud action was up and down.

Washington DC: Gallery Show // July 7

Comunidad, Communauté, Community.
An exploration of friendship, collaboration, identity, migration, and diaspora through ten years of international hip hop photography.

Solo show by Magee McIlvaine
On display July 7 - September 29, 2017

Opening Reception: July 7 from 7pm - 10pm
Featuring live dj + freestyle cipher
Limited Edition prints & artwork for sale
$5/sliding scale donation for Opening Reception. Advanced registration appreciated

Gallery Hours* | Mon-Thurs 10:00am-2:00pm and by appointment. Please contact info[at]recreativespaces[dot]com to schedule your visit.

ReCreative Spaces: 3501 Perry Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

Eventbrite & Facebook

Partners: ReCreative Spaces, Nomadic Wax, World Hip Hop Market, Words Beats Life, Dj Nio

Some Selects From The Guerrilla FC Photo Shoot

Had a great time with the Guerrilla FC crew for this soccer/fashion/style photo shoot. We experimented with some ideas, concepts, props. Definitely got some good ideas for the follow up shoot once we get to some warmer weather. Enjoy a few selects from the shoot (below), and make sure to check out the team's website and learn more about their mission and creative projects here in DC. The scarves are available to purchase on their website, and there will be more merch available soon. There will also be a public event coming up in DC on March 17 at ReCreative Spaces where the new kits will be unveiled.

There will also be the first official public event of the new year for the team, coming up in DC on March 17 at ReCreative Spaces where the new kits will be unveiled.

The 2017 DC Youth Poet Laureate: New Videos

It was an honor to put together these two shorts for local DC hip hop non-profit Words, Beats, Life.  The videos are part of the organization's 2017 DC Youth Poet Laureate program. This year's winner is Kenny Carroll of Wilson High School. 

Special thanks to Itzel for help on the shoot, and to Kosi at WBL for coordinating all the logistics.  I've included some behind-the-scenes photos of the film shoot with Kenny at the bottom of the blog post.

This is the poem video.

Mini-doc potrait of Kenny.

Femi the DriFish - Nothings New: Official Spoken Word Video Release

Got another brand new video. This one is a poetry video for Baltimore based Spoken Word artist Femi the DriFish. We shot it all in Baltimore, MD.

Artist: Femi the Dri Fish (the Out of Water eXperience)
Song: Nothings New
Director: Magee
Editor: Magee & Jonna
Cinematography: Magee
Additional Cinematography: Itzel
Producer: Nomadic Wax & MageesCamera

Student: Ade Lawal
Mother: Mama Kay Lawal
Teacher: Aaron Henkin
Man: David Ross
Cameos: Rafael Anderson & Grim Jackson

Keur Gui (Senegal) - Ego Science: Official Music Video Release

It was a privilege to work with one of the most important hip hop acts coming out of the continent of Africa on their latest music video. Specifically from Senegal, Keur Gui have arguably become one of the most influential groups in the entire region of West Africa, as their political influence continues to expand through the grassroots movement Y'en A Marre, which rose to national power during the most recent presidential elections in Senegal (see the MTV documentary on Y'en A Marre here).  

We shot this video outside of Washington DC, while they were in the area recording their most recent album. Enjoy!