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Kevin Wilson, Jr.

Kevin Wilson, Jr. is an Oscar Nominated Filmmaker based in New York City. His short film My Nephew Emmett, based on the true story of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards. It screened at film festivals all over the world including the New York Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and HollyShorts Film Festival. Wilson won the Gold Medal at the 44th Student Academy Awards, a Directors Guild of America Student Film Award and a BAFTA Student Film Award. Wilson is a North Carolina native where he studied journalism, got into acting, wrote stageplays and fell in love with filmmaking. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and was honored with the Spike Lee Production Fellowship. Breaking into advertising in 2020, he quickly found success being named 2021 AICP/MoMA’s Best New Director. Notably, Kevin’s Widen the Screen received a Silver Cannes Lion and his PSA for States United to Prevent Gun Violence has received many awards including an ANDY and a Gold at Young Directors Award. In 2022, he was included in The Academy’s List of “15 Filmmakers Who Have Made a Difference.” Wilson recently wrapped production on Untold, a Netflix Original docu series tackling some of the greatest stories in sports. Wilson is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.



Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg
Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien