An African American Independent: The Films of Kevin Willmott
Destination: Planet Negro (2013) Directed by Kevin Willmott
October 15, 2013
As in his previous films, Kevin Willmott’s most recent film takes inspiration from momentous historic events and adds a hilarious, yet incisive, twist. Destination: Planet Negro begins in the 1930s, joining Black History luminaries W.E.B. DuBois and George Washington Carver to solve the “Negro Problem” – by leaving planet Earth. In this send-up of the sci-fi genre film, problems abound as the characters travel through space and time. In keeping with the indie spirit, Willmott wrote, directed and stars in the film. Director Kevin Willmott is scheduled to be present. (2K DCP. 98 min. Not Rated.)
For almost 15 years Kevin Willmott has independently written, produced and directed films that critically examine American’s racial history and its associated images. He works is a variety of cinematic genres, exploiting their potential to represent characters and subjects generally avoided by mainstream cinema. As a native Kansan, Willmott is also committed to producing stories situated in the landscape and history of Kansas. This Midwestern aspect of his filmmaking reminds us of the potential of cinema to reveal a deep structure that is local and particular.
The African American Independent: The Films of Kevin Willmott film series is co-sponsored by The Black Film Center/Archive, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Communication and Culture, Department of American Studies, and Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies.