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BlacKkKlansman Screening and Q&A with Screenwriter Kevin Willmott

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Oscar-winning screenwriter Kevin Willmott, who won the 2019 award for best adapted screenplay with Spike Lee for the acclaimed film BlacKkKlansman, is coming to the University of Denver next month!

A public screening of BlacKkKlansman is set for Thursday, April 11 in the Davis Auditorium of Sturm Hall. An open reception begins at 5:00 p.m. outside of the auditorium and the screening will start at approximately 6:20 p.m. A question-and-answer session with Professor Willmott will follow the screening.

Set an hour away from Denver during the 1970s, Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman (2018) is based on actual events and tells the real-life story of Ron Stallworth, who was the Colorado Springs Police Department's first African-American detective. As part of an undercover investigation, Stallworth joined the Ku Klux Klan (with the help of his white colleague Flip Zimmerman) and exposed some of the Klan's dangerous activity. This film has earned both commercial and critical success. BlacKkKlansman is also the 2019 winner of the American Film Institute's "Movie of the Year," the African-American Film Critics Association's 2018 winner for "Best Screenplay" and "Best Actor," the Cannes Film Festival's 2018 winner for "Grand Prize of the Jury," and a BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film received six Oscar nominations and won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. 

Kevin Willmott, who is a Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas as well as a screenwriter, will join us on campus for two full days of activities, including several lectures for students in Sociology and Criminology, Communications Studies, and Media, Film & Journalism Studies.

More information about Professor Willmott's visit and the film screening can be found at the Facebook page of the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies.