Karam Gill ’16 majored in business administration at Chapman, but now he’s a groundbreaking documentary filmmaker who has also been named one of Variety Magazine’s Top 10 Documentary Filmmakers to Watch. He was just 22 when his film “G Funk” premiered at the SXSW, and his docuseries “Supervillain” about notorious rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine and the toxicity of digital culture is streaming now on Showtime.
Along with documentaries, MGX Creative, the production company and creative agency Gill founded with fellow Chapman alumnus Daniel Malikyar ’17, creates stylized, next-generation content for companies such as Apple, Fujifilm, Adidas, YouTube Originals, Amazonand Mercedes Benz. It’s not Gill and Malikyar’s first venture together — they founded 23FIFTN while still undergraduates at Chapman.
“At Chapman, you meet so many talented individuals in different fields,” says Gill. “It allows you to build across different mediums. That’s what Chapman is really great for, especially as a small school. You cross paths with so many people and that can be something that really propels your life going forward.”
As proof of Chapman’s talent pool, the creative team at MGX is filled with Chapman alumni, including Andrew Primavera ’17 (Head of Content), Josh Whitaker ’19, (Creative, Post Production), Beatrice Ho ’18 (Production Manager) and Zach Gelman ’18 (Post Producer).
Gill considers building a team of creative professionals the highlight of his career so far. “It’s really incredible to see people evolve and grow as creatives and as producers in the industry,” he says. “To see so many of us doing what we’re doing, and growing at such a young age… I just love seeing people evolve in our highly competitive industry and really find their voice and find their lane. That’s something that has been amazing.”