Playwright, screenwriter and activist Kevin Willmott will present a discussion on Screenwriting, Race, and Being Creatively Maladjusted at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in Reves Recital Hall at Hendrix College.
The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception in Trieschmann Gallery.
Willmott’s research interests include screenwriting, producing, African-American film history, directing, and filmmaking. He has written numerous critically acclaimed films, including "Jayhawkers," "Destination Planet Negro!" and "C.S.A: Confederate States Of America," about what America would be like if the south had won the Civil War.
Most recently, Willmott co-wrote the screenplay for director Spike Lee’s "Chi-Raq," an adaptation of the ancient Greek play "Lysistrata by Aristophanes," set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.
Willmott also recently adapted and directed a stage version of "The Watsons Go To Birmingham" in New York and at Kansas City’s Coterie Theater.
His play "T-Money And Wolf," co-written with Ric Averill, dealing with the Holocaust and contemporary gang violence, was selected as part of the New Vision/New Voices series produced by the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
A native of Junction City, Kansas, Willmott received his B.A. 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 attended graduate studies at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, receiving several writing awards and his M.F.A. in dramatic writing. Currently, he is a professor in the media and film studies department of Kansas University.
This event is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in literature and language, which are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College.
For more information about this and future events, contact Henryetta Vanaman at 501-450-4597 or firstname.lastname@example.org.