Kevin Wilson, Jr.’s Short Film My Nephew Emmett Among Oscar Shortlist For Best Live Action Short

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Kevin Wilson, Jr.’s Short Film My Nephew Emmett Among Oscar Shortlist For Best Live Action Short
Posted by Wilson Morales

December 16, 2017

Recently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards.

Among the selections was Kevin Wilson, Jr.’s Short Film My Nephew Emmett, which 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.

The film stars Jasmine Guy (The Vampire Diaries) as Emmett’s aunt, Elizabeth Wright, Joshua Wright as Emmett Til, Dane Rhodes (The Magnificent 7) and L.B. Williams as Uncle Mose Wright. Williams 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.

Produced by Kevin Wilson, Jr. , Lauren L. Owen, TaNisha Fordham, & Austin D. James, 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.

A record 165 pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk, director (UCLA)
The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, director (FINCH)
Facing Mecca,” Jan-Eric Mack, director, and Joël Jent, producer (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion)
Icebox,” Daniel Sawka, director, and Camille Cornuel, producer (Iceboxthefilmco)
Lost Face,” Sean Meehan, director, and Sam McGarry, producer (Soma Films)
My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr., director (New York University)
Rise of a Star,” James Bort, director, and Boris Mendza, producer (Fulldawa Films)
The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, director, and Rachel Shenton, writer (Slick Films)
Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, director (Hamburg Media School)
Witnesses,” David Koch, director (Lux for Film, Diez Films and Paradoxal)

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in January.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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