Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Alejandro G. Inarritu and many others began their directing careers with a dream to become great storytellers. A New York City native, Hakim Robinson holds the same hopes and dreams with the belief that his ambitions to become a great director of film are not fantasy, but a very practical objective. In his younger years, he grew up in the same neighborhood as filmmaking icon Stanley Kubrick. One of the first in the neighborhood to own a VHS player, Hakim acquired the unforeseen understanding of what it means to review a scene through the experience of stopping and rewinding moments that interested him the most. His influences for film from that time period ran parallel through his personal experiences and helped him eventually create narratives. A member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Hakim started his career in the film and television industry in 2005 and has been moving up ever since.
Having graduated from the same high school Martin Scorsese attended, Hakim attended trade school to become an audio engineer with classes in post production for sound design. With studio engineering experience that he gained, Hakim was then hired to record sound on set for NYU film graduate students. His first film was with writer/director Dee Rees, who was recently nominated from the Academy on her work for the Netflix Original film "Mudbound". After recording sound for multiple NYU short projects, he wrote and directed his first short film. It was well received, and accepted to Martha’s Vineyard African Film Festival. Moving to Atlanta Georgia, he joined the studio mechanics union IATSE local 479, allowing him to work on projects for Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, and BET. During the time of working with the Art Department on X-Men: First Class, he applied and was accepted to film school at The Savannah College Of Art & Design (SCAD). While attending film school, he directed one feature film and five short films. After graduating with honors from SCAD with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Television Producing, he noticed room for improvement, in terms of development, aesthetic and technique. A perfectionist and lifelong learner, Hakim is now currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Directing for Motion Picture & Television with the goal to become of professor in his field.