Russell Hexter Filmmaker Grant


The Russell Hexter Filmmaker Grant was established in 1996 to honor the memory of UGFTV graduate Russell Hexter, whose death at the age of 27 cut short a promising career as an independent filmmaker.

    Throughout his undergraduate years at Tisch, Russ distinguished himself as a director of extraordinary ability with a sophisticated understanding of his art form.  His awareness that filmmaking is a highly collaborative pursuit and his vibrant enthusiasm for the process led him to surround himself with fellow students whose skills and talents matured along with his.  It is both the gifted filmmaker and the gentle and generous friend that this grant seeks to honor.

    The Russell Hexter Filmmaker Grant is given annually to aid in the completion of senior film projects.  Grant recipients will be selected for the exceptional creativity, style and promise shown by their submitted work, the endorsement of their peers and demonstrated financial need. 

Who may apply:
    Any student director who qualifies for financial aid. If aid comes from an official body outside the university, please include with this application a letter describing your financial status. The student must currently be in production or post-production on their senior film and enrolled in Narrative Workshop, Advanced Experimental Workshop, Documentary Production Workshop, Advanced Film Production Workshop or Advanced Animation Production.

Students applying for the grant must submit the following by Friday, April 14:

- An Application Form (with explanation of financial aid outside the university, if necessary) 
- Current Resume (with work and film experience) 
- Screenplay for the film under consideration
- Original budget
A rough cut of your film will be required separately by Friday, October 6.

Peer evaluation forms will be filled out for each applicant by their production class. The results of the evaluations will be added to the application materials. 

Please contact Dara Feivelson at <> for an application.