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Memory of Film Student to Live on through Media Awards

Intrigued by the stories of others, Adam Kamil had a special way of getting people to share their life on film. A visual arts student at UC San Diego, he would traverse the sandy avenues of Ocean Beach with his video camera, capturing the narratives of those he met.

After his passing in 2009, his family established the Adam Douglas Kamil Media Awards at UC San Diego, as well as endowed the program with a $150,000 gift. In memory of Adam and in recognition of their generous gift, the Mandeville Center Gallery Annex has been named the Adam D. Kamil Gallery.

“We established the Adam Douglas Kamil Student Media Award in our son’s memory, especially as a tribute to his creativity and to his belief in the power of the media to connect people,” explained Elaine Kamil. “We are thrilled to know that Adam’s creative spirit will live on through the Adam D. Kamil Gallery, where students can showcase their talents, share inspiration and connect with one another.”

The award program draws more students each year, offering aspiring filmmakers a chance to polish their media production skills and build confidence—like Yu Chen, whose film “Grandma” recently received the top award.

“The Kamil Award inspires me to pursue my passions as a filmmaker artist and capture beauty from a different perspective,” said Chen. “I appreciate the Kamil Family for helping artists like me gain exposure. It makes me happy to know that people enjoy my work.”