Kevin Willmott

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. He has collaborated with Spike Lee, with whom he shared an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman.

Kevin Willmott
BornAugust 31, 1959 (age 60)
Alma materMarymount College (B.A.)
New York University (MFA)
Home townJunction City, Kansas, U.S.
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Life and career

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.[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]


  • The '70s (2000) - writer
  • High Tech Lincoln (2005) - producer


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