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Kevin Willmott (born August 31, 1959) [1] is an American film director and Oscar-winning screenwriter, as well as a 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 .

University of Kansas Public research university in Lawrence, Kansas, US

The University of Kansas, also referred to as KU, is a public research university with its main campus in Lawrence, Kansas, and several satellite campuses, research and educational centers, medical centers, and classes across the state of Kansas. Two branch campuses are in the Kansas City metropolitan area on the Kansas side: the university's medical school and hospital in Kansas City, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and a hospital and research center in the state's capital of Topeka. There are also educational and research sites in Garden City, Hays, Leavenworth, Parsons, and Topeka, and branches of the medical school in Salina and Wichita. The university is one of the 62 members of the Association of American Universities.

<i>Ninth Street</i> 1999 film directed by Kevin Willmott

Ninth Street is a 1999 black-and-white drama, written by Kevin Willmott.

<i>C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America</i> 2004 mockumentary directed by Kevin Willmott

C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America is a 2004 American mockumentary that is directed by Kevin Willmott. It is an account of an alternate history, wherein the Confederacy wins the American Civil War and establishes a new Confederate States of America that incorporates the majority of the Western Hemisphere, including the former contiguous United States, the "Golden Circle", the Caribbean, and South America. The film primarily details significant political and cultural events of Confederate history from its founding until the early 2000s. This viewpoint is used to satirize real-life issues and events, and to shed light on the continuing existence of discrimination in American culture.

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Life and career

Willmott grew up 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, Tisch School of the Arts. [2] He has worked as a screenwriter and film director, known for work related to African-American history and contemporary issues.

Junction City, Kansas City and County seat in Kansas, United States

Junction City is a city in and the county seat of Geary County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 23,353. Fort Riley, a major U.S. Army post, is nearby.

Marymount College was a four-year liberal arts college located in Salina, Kansas that opened in 1922 as a women's college.

New York University private research university in New York, NY, United States

New York University (NYU) is a private research university originally founded in New York City but now with campuses and locations throughout the world. Founded in 1831, NYU's historical campus is in Greenwich Village, New York City. As a global university, students can graduate from its degree-granting campuses in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, as well as study at its 12 academic centers in Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Washington, D.C.

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

The American Indian Film Festival is an annual non-profit film festival in San Francisco, California, United States. It is the world's oldest venue dedicated solely to Native American/First Nations films and prepared the way for the 1979 formation of the American Indian Film Institute.

<i>The Only Good Indian</i> 2009 film by Kevin Willmott

The Only Good Indian is a 2009 independent feature film directed by Kevin Willmott.

Jayhawkers is an American sports drama/biographical film directed by Kevin Willmott, following the life of Wilt Chamberlain, Phog Allen, and the 1956 Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.

Filmography

Film
<i>Bunker Hill</i> (film) 2008 film by Kevin Willmott

Bunker Hill is a 2008 film written and directed by Kevin Willmott.

<i>Chi-Raq</i> 2015 film by Spike Lee

Chi-Raq is a 2015 American musical crime comedy-drama film, directed and produced by Spike Lee and co-written by Lee and Kevin Willmott. Set in Chicago, the film focuses on the gang violence prevalent in neighborhoods on the city's south side, particularly the Englewood neighborhood.

<i>BlacKkKlansman</i> 2018 film by Spike Lee

BlacKkKlansman is a 2018 American biographical crime film directed by Spike Lee and written by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, and Lee, based on the 2014 memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. The film stars John David Washington as Stallworth, along with Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, and Topher Grace. Set in 1970s Colorado Springs, the plot follows the first African-American detective in the city's police department as he sets out to infiltrate and expose the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

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  2. Archived September 6, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. Archived July 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ""Jayhawkers" - Feature Film by Kevin Willmott". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved 2015-12-26.