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Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?

  • Baseball Hall of Fame Grandstand Theater 25 Main St Cooperstown, NY, 13326 United States (map)
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Post-screening discussion

with filmmaker Travis Wilkerson

“In 1946, my great-grandfather murdered a black man named Bill Spann and got away with it.” So begins Travis Wilkerson’s critically acclaimed documentary, Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, taking us on a passage through the American South to uncover the truth behind a horrific incident and the outmoded societal mores that allowed it to happen. A compelling narrator and guide, Wilkerson spins a strange and compelling tale, incorporating scenes from To Kill a Mockingbird, the music of Janelle Monáe and Phil Ochs, and the story of Rosa Parks’ investigation into the Recy Taylor case (as well as his own furtive family history) for a gripping rummage through our collective past echoing into the present day. Mingling many narratives, Wilkerson exposes how tricky human memory can be, given the passage of time and the restructuring of place. (Travis Wilkerson, 2017, 90 minutes)

Travis Wilkerson

Travis Wilkerson

TRAVIS WILKERSON A chance meeting in Havana with legendary Cuban film propagandist Santiago Alvarez changed the course of Travis Wilkerson's life. He now makes films in the tradition of the “third cinema,” wedding politics to form in an indivisible manner. In 2015, Sight & Sound called Wilkerson “the political conscience of American cinema.” His films have screened at scores of venues and festivals worldwide including Sundance, Toronto, Locarno, Rotterdam, Vienna, Yamagata, the FID Marseille and the Musée du Louvre. His writings on film have appeared in Cineaste, Kino!, and Senses of Cinema. He has taught filmmaking at the University of Colorado, CalArts, Pomona College, and Vassar. He is also the founding Editor of “Now: A Journal of Urgent Praxis.”

Later Event: November 9