Kevin Wilson, Jr. is an Academy Award Nominated filmmaker and an MFA Candidate in New York University's Graduate Film Program. Wilson first emerged as a rising talent in 2009 when he directed multiple sold out performances of his debut play "The Emmett Till Story," a brutal depiction of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till.
Since that time Wilson has directed a number of award winning short films and documentaries. Wilson's most recent short film "My Nephew Emmett" has been selected to screen at several Oscar Qualifying Film Festivals and in the Fall of 2017, won the GOLD MEDAL at the 44th Student Academy Awards in the Narrative Domestic Category. That same year, "My Nephew Emmett" won the Director's Guild of America Student Film Award and was selected to screen at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 55th New York Film Festival.
Wilson is currently in development for his first feature film which is scheduled to go into production in the Summer of 2018.
WINNER - Gold Medal - 44th Student Academy Awards
WINNER - DGA Student Film Award
OFFICIAL SELECTION - 55th New York Film Festival ("My Nephew Emmett")
WINNER - Saatchi & Saatchi 'Nothing is Impossible Achievement in Film Award'
AUDIENCE AWARD - DC Shorts Film Festival ("My Nephew Emmett")
WINNER - Best Director - 15th HollyShorts Film Festival
WINNER - Best Student Short - Woodstock Film Festival
2017 - New York Film Festival Artist Academy
2017 Spike Lee Production Fellowship Recipient
2017 Ang Lee Scholarship Recipient
2017 BAFTA HBO Scholarship Recipient
Tisch School of the Arts Scholarship
New York University - Tisch School of the Arts, M.F.A. - Film Production
North Carolina A&T State University, B.S. - Journalism