Kevin Wilson’s haunting film My Nephew Emmett shares the horrific tale of the young African American Emmett Till, who in 1955 was savagely murdered by two white men whilst visiting his uncle in Mississippi. The tale is told from his uncle’s point of view and has notched up some impressive awards, including the Student Academy Award. Now this visually ravishing film has been selected for the Academy’s Live Action Short Film shortlist and joins the Oscar race.
In 1955, a 64 year-old Mississippi preacher tries to keep two racist killers from abducting his 14 year-old nephew, Emmett Till. Based on a true story.
The film stars Jasmine Guy (The Vampire Diaries), Dane Rhodes (The Magnificent 7) and L.B. Williams (Law and Order) who was suffering from Cancer during filming and sadly died not long after My Nephew Emmett was completed.
Kevin Wilson, Jr. is an Award Winning 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.
My Nephew Emmett has been selected to screen at several Oscar Qualifying Film Festivals and won the GOLD MEDAL at the 44th Student Academy Awards in the Narrative Domestic Category. That same year, the film 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.
The Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday 23rd January.