Kevin Willmott

Kevin Willmott will present a lecture as part of the Art of Democracy Engagement Symposium
March 21, 5:30 P.M. in the Bluemont Room of the Kansas State University Student Union

This lecture is sponsored by the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art with underwriting by the Lou Douglas Lecture series at UFM.

Kevin Willmott is an American film director and screenwriter, as well as an Associate Professor in the Film Studies Department 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. Recently, he is a repeat collaborator of Spike Lee. IN 2018, he was a writer on the film project BlackkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee.

Wilmott grew up Junction City, Kansas and received a BA in Drama from Marymount College. After graduation, he returned home, working as a peace and civil rights activist, fighting for the rights of the poor, creating two Catholic Worker shelters for the homeless and forcing the integration of several long standing segregated institutions. 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 issues.

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.