Annual Celebration-2016

Kevin Willmott giving a speech.Honoring Filmmaker Kevin Willmott

KEVIN WILLMOTT is a Professor in the Media and Film Studies Department of Kansas University. He co-wrote and is the Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed film, Chi-Raq, directed by Spike Lee.

Willmott’s feature film, Jayhawkers, tells the story of a group of unlikely allies who modernized college sports and changed Kansas University during the early stages of the Civil Rights movement. Willmott wrote and directed the feature film C.S.A: Confederate States Of America, about America, had the South won the Civil War. Wilmott directed The Only Good Indian, 2009, starring Wes Studi. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

The award winning film, The Battle for Bunker Hill, 2008, starred NYPD Blue’s James McDaniel. Willmott was producer and director of Bunker Hill, from a script he wrote with Greg Hurd. Willmott’s first feature film, Ninth Street, starring Martin Sheen and Isaac Hayes, was written, produced and co-directed by Willmott.

For television, Willmott co-wrote House Of Getty and The 70’s, both miniseries for NBC. Producer and director Oliver Stone hired him to co-write Little Brown Brothers, about the Philippine Insurrection.

Willmott grew up in Junction City, Kansas and attended Marymount College receiving his BA in Drama. He attended graduate studies at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, receiving several writing awards and his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing.

Willmott’s current work includes the soon to-be released feature film, The Profit starring Scot Pollard, of KU and NBA fame, and two documentaries Fast Break: The Story of Legendary Coach John McClendon and an upcoming project on famed journalist, William Allen White. Kevin Willmott will be honored at a dinner on Friday, November 4th.

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