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Kevin Willmott

By Andrew Tucker
College of Fine Arts and Communication Office

Kevin Willmott, a film director and screenwriter, who collaborated with Spike Lee in writing “BlacKkKlansman,” will host a screening of the film April 8, while on the University of Central Arkansas campus as an artist-in-residence. The film won an Oscar and a BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The screening, followed by a Q&A with Willmott, will be held from 7-10 p.m. in McCastlain Hall Ballroom.

Willmott, a repeat collaborator with Spike Lee, is a professor of film at the University of Kansas. He is also known for writing and directing “Ninth Street,” “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,” “Bunker Hill” and “The Only Good Indian.”

“It is a great opportunity for our students to meet and work with an accomplished filmmaker like Kevin Willmott,” said Mike Gunter, chair of the Department of Film, Theatre, and Creative Writing. “As a playwright, screenwriter, director and educator, Kevin has a lot to offer our students, and his visit will be a great addition to our artist-in-residence program.”

Wilmott grew up in Junction City, Kansas, and earned a B.A. in drama from Marymount College. He earned his M.F.A. in dramatic writing from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. He also won the Best Director award at the American Indian Film Festival with “The Only Good Indian.”

Willmott’s remaining schedule while on the UCA campus includes:

  • 11-11:50 a.m. – Undergraduate Workshop: Playwriting/Screenwriting in Win Thompson Hall room 331

  • 12-1:15 p.m. – Graduate Workshop: Film Production in Stanley Russ Hall room 208

  • 1:30-2:45 p.m. – Symposium: African-American Cinema and Spike Lee in Stanley Russ Hall room 103. This event is free and open to the public.

  • 4-5:30 p.m. – Masterclass: Screenwriting in Stanley Russ Hall room 103

The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Music, and Film, Theatre and Creative Writing, as well as the School of Communication. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit or call (501) 450-3293.