Kevin Willmott

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Kevin Willmott
Born (1959-08-31) August 31, 1959 (age 60)
Alma mater Marymount College (B.A.)
New York University (MFA)
OccupationFilm director and writer
College film professor
Employer University of Kansas
Home town Junction City, Kansas, U.S.
Awards Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Kevin Willmott (born August 31, 1959) [1] is an American film director and screenwriter, and professor of film at the University of Kansas. He is known for work focusing on black issues including writing and directing Ninth Street, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, and Bunker Hill. His The Only Good Indian (2009) was a feature film about Native American children at an Indian boarding school and the forced assimilation that took place. He has collaborated with Spike Lee, with whom he shared an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman . The two again collaborated in writing Da 5 Bloods , released worldwide digitally on June 12, 2020.


Life and career

Willmott grew up in Junction City, Kansas, and received a BA in Drama from Marymount College. He received a M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University. [2] He has worked as a screenwriter and film director, known for work related to African-American history and contemporary issues.

He won the Best Director award at the American Indian Film Festival for The Only Good Indian . [3] Willmott's next film, Jayhawkers , received funding through Kickstarter, a crowdsourcing website. [4]



1999 Ninth Street Director, writer, producer, actor
2003Das BusActor
The Search for Inflata-boyActor
The Fascist of X-MartActor
2004 C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America Director and writer
2007Waiting for the SonActor
2008 Bunker Hill Director, writer, and producer
The Only Good Indian Director and producer
2013Destination: Planet NegroDirector and writer
Jayhawkers Director, writer, and producer
2015 Chi-Raq Writer
2018 BlacKkKlansman Writer
2020 Da 5 Bloods Writer
The 24th Director and co-writer


2000The '70sWriter
2005High Tech LincolnProducer

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  4. ""Jayhawkers" - Feature Film by Kevin Willmott". Retrieved 2015-12-26.