Kevin Wilson, Jr. is an Oscar Nominated and Student Academy Award Winning Filmmaker based in New York City. His first works as a filmmaker came shortly after directing a sold out play as an undergraduate student in North Carolina. Since that time, his short films have screened at Film Festivals all over the world including the 55th New York Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, and HollyShorts Film Festival where he won Best Director.
In 2017, he won the Gold Medal at the 44th Student Academy Awards for his short film, "My Nephew Emmett," a 20 minute short film based on the true story of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till. Months later, "My Nephew Emmett" was nominated for an Oscar for BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM at the 90th Academy Awards. "My Nephew Emmett" also won Wilson a Directors Guild of America Student Film Award and most recently, a BAFTA Student Film Award. Having just received an M.F.A. in Film Production from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he is in development for his debut feature film which he plans to shoot in 2018.
NOMINEE - Best Live Action Short Film - 90th Academy Awards
WINNER - Gold Medal - 44th Student Academy Awards
WINNER - Best Narrative Film - BAFTA Student Film 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