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Q&A: "BlacKkKlansman" co-writer gives an inside look of blockbuster film

Thursday, August 23, 2018

“BlacKkKlansman” may be Spike Lee’s most successful film since “Do The Right Thing.” It’s grossed almost twice its budget since opening on Aug. 10, won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and, in classic Lee fashion, has inspired myriad thinkpieces  — and backlash.

And some of that success can be attributed to Kevin Willmott, professor of film and media studies, who co-wrote the “BlacKkKlansman” script with Lee, along with Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz. Willmott is an industry veteran and previous Lee collaborator. He wrote and directed “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,” released in 2004, and “Destination: Planet Negro,” released in 2013. Lee’s 2015 film “Chi-Raq” also features Willmott as a co-writer. These films feature the same discussions about race relations packaged in a comedy-drama style.

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