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Kevin Willmott (born August 31, 1959)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 .
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.
Ninth Street is a 1999 black-and-white drama, written 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.
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.He has worked as a screenwriter and film director, known for work related to African-American history and contemporary issues.
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 (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 .Willmott's next film, Jayhawkers , received funding through Kickstarter.com, a crowdsourcing website.
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.
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.
Bunker Hill is a 2008 film written and directed by Kevin Willmott.
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.
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.
Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.
A screenplay writer, scriptwriter or scenarist is a writer who practices the craft of screenwriting, writing screenplays on which mass media, such as films, television programs and video games, are based.
Walon Green is an American documentary film director and screenwriter, for both television and film.
The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role is an award given by the Screen Actors Guild to honor the finest acting achievements in film.
Grant Heslov is an American actor, film producer, screenwriter and director, known for his producing and writing collaborations with George Clooney, which have earned him three Academy Award nominations. As a co-producer of Argo (2012), he received the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2013. As an actor, he has appeared in films including True Lies (1994), Black Sheep (1996), Enemy of the State (1998) and The Scorpion King (2002), as well as performing supporting roles in several films made with Clooney.
John David Washington is an American actor and former American football running back. He played college football at Morehouse and signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2006. Professionally, Washington spent four years as the running back for the United Football League's Sacramento Mountain Lions.
Arthur J. Nascarella is an American actor who has appeared in dozens of films, most often playing a mobster or police officer. Among his notable film credits include a corrupt cop in Cop Land (1997), the hypocritical ambulance Captain Barney in Martin Scorsese's film Bringing Out The Dead (1999) and fed-up casino boss, Nicky "Fingers" Bonnatto in The Cooler (2003). He's played roles in the Spike Lee films New Jersey Drive (1995), Clockers (1995), He Got Game (1998), Summer of Sam (1999) and BlacKkKlansman (2018). He also appeared and played roles in the films A Brooklyn State of Mind (1997), Witness to the Mob (1998), Happiness (1998), 54 (1998), Enemy of the State (1998), Knockaround Guys (2001), WiseGirls (2002), Running Scared (2006), World Trade Center (2006), Yonkers Joe (2008), and Solitary Man (2009).
Hodcarrier Films is Kevin Willmott's film production company, located in Lawrence, Kansas, USA.
Isiah Whitlock Jr. is an American actor.
Thacher Island is a small island off Cape Ann on the Massachusetts coast in the United States. It is a part of the Town of Rockport. It was a place where some naval confrontations, both minor and major, took place, which helped secure a victory for the colonists.
Jeremy Osbern is an American director and director of photography.
Manoj Tyagi is an Indian screenwriter and film director in the Hindi cinema. He had won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay twice, for Page 3 (2005) and Apaharan (2006), apart from Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay for Page 3, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. He made his directorial debut with Mumbai Salsa (2007) produced by Vikram Bhatt's ASA Films for whom he had written a couple of films.
Jason Ferus Blum is an American film producer, and both the founder and CEO of eponymous company Blumhouse Productions. He won the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie for producing The Normal Heart, and in 2015 won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series for The Jinx. Blum has received three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing Whiplash, Get Out, and BlacKkKlansman.
Sean McKittrick is American film producer. He best known for his works Donnie Darko, Southland Tales, for which he was nominated for Palme d'Or at 2006 Cannes Film Festival, and Get Out, which earned him many accolades and nominations, including one for the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards. He earned another nomination for the award the following year for BlacKkKlansman. His latest film, Us, was released on March 22, 2019.
Ron Stallworth is an American retired police officer who infiltrated the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs in the late 1970s. He was the first African-American police officer and detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Matthew A. Cherry is an American film director, writer, and producer. He wrote and directed two independent films, The Last Fall (2012), and 9 Rides (2016), and is currently an executive at Monkeypaw Productions. He is best known for the animated short film, Hair Love, which was picked up by Sony Animation in March 2019 for distribution. The Kickstarter campaign for Hair Love raised over $200,000 and broke the record for the highest amount raised for any short film on the platform.