Bobby Kashif Cox memorial filmmaking award at Hook arts Media

The Bobby Kashif Cox Memorial Award

Bobby Kashif Cox was an artist, poet, writer, music producer, and filmmaker. He graduated from Columbia’s MFA film program in 2012. He worked with Hook Arts Media® as a Film Teaching Artist from 2015-2016. During his time with Hook Arts Media, he developed close bonds with students as well as staff. After his passing in 2017, Hook Arts Media introduced the 1st Annual Bobby Kashif Cox Memorial Award for Achievement in Digital Filmmaking in his honor.

This award recognizes at least one Hook Arts Media student or alum who has made exceptional strides in filmmaking. Many of our filmmaking students return to our programs and go on to produce their own work, continue their studies in college, and enter the film industry. Previous awardees have won prizes for self-produced work and gone on to work onset for Comedy Central.

Whether they’re producing their own work or learning new equipment and techniques for new gigs, the film industry can be competitive and difficult. Even the most talented up and coming filmmakers will need access to a professional camera, editing software, and lights as well as sound equipment. Many young filmmakers leave the field because of the mounting equipment costs. Our filmmaking students continue to demonstrate the talent and commitment to persevere in a frequently cost-prohibitive career. We are dedicated to supporting them with the tools and skills to tell their stories despite the high price of entry into this industry.

Your donation can put a new camera, editing software, and vital filming equipment in a young filmmaker’s hands.

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Though all too brief, in the time Kashif spent with us he touched many young lives with his passion for music and filmmaking, his deep convictions regarding social justice and his special brand of warmth and joy. Kashif had the most beautiful smile- it could light up a room. He always popped by my desk when he came to teach and would just check in- sporting one of his many stylish scarves and sharing something about his day. He was the kind of person who always brightened your day – he is missed but lives on through the artistic progress of many of his former students.
– Martha Bowers, Hook Arts Media Executive Director
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