Kevin Willmott

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Kevin Willmott
Born (1959-08-31) August 31, 1959 (age 61)
Alma materMarymount College (B.A.)
New York University (MFA)
OccupationFilm director and writer
College film professor
EmployerUniversity of Kansas
AwardsAcademy 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. In Jayhawkers (2014), he followed the life of Wilt Chamberlain, Phog Allen and the 1956 Kansas Jayhawks basketball team. Willmott 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.


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]

Personal life[edit]

Willmott is Catholic, and has cited Fr Dan Berrigan, SJ as an influence in his life and work.



Year Title Notes
1999 Ninth Street Director, writer, producer, actor
2003 Das Bus Actor
The Search for Inflata-boy Actor
The Fascist of X-Mart Actor
2004 C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America Director and writer
2007 Waiting for the Son Actor
2008 Bunker Hill Director, writer, and producer
The Only Good Indian Director and producer
2013 Destination: Planet Negro Director 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


Year Title Notes
2000 The '70s Writer
2005 High Tech Lincoln Producer


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2] Archived September 6, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ [3] Archived July 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ ""Jayhawkers" - Feature Film by Kevin Willmott". Retrieved 2015-12-26.

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