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Exclusive Pre-Release Screening of Kevin Willmott's Provocative New Feature Film "Bunker Hill" - Thursday, December 4 at the Tribeca Cinemas

Kevin Willmott (CSA: Confederate States of America) will host a free screening of his new film Bunker Hill at New York's Tribeca Cinemas at 7:30pm on Thursday, December 4. Q&A and a reception will follow.

    NEW YORK, NY, November 20, 2008 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Independent filmmaker Kevin Willmott (CSA: Confederate States of America) will host an exclusive, free screening of his new film Bunker Hill at New York City's Tribeca Cinemas at 7:30pm on Thursday, December 4, 2008. Willmott and stars of the film will answer questions from the audience following the screening, and will host a cash bar reception. Tribeca Cinemas is located at 54 Varick Street. The phone number is 212-941-2001.

The film stars Emmy and Peabody Award winner James McDaniel (NYPD Blue); Laura Kirk, star and co-writer of the acclaimed feature film Lisa Picard is Famous; and Saeed Jaffrey the legendary actor from India who has starred in more than 150 films.

In addition to his role as Lt. Fancy on NYPD Blue, McDaniel has starred in such films as Sunshine State, Malcolm X and Edge of America. Mr. Jaffrey's many films include Gandhi, Passage to India, My Beautiful Launderette and The Man Who Would Be King. Appearing alongside McDaniel , Kirk and Jaffrey are: Broadway, television and film star Kevin Geer (American Gangster); Blake Robbins, from the HBO series Oz and NBC's The Office; Scott Allegrucci, (Chicago Hope, The Feud); singer / songwriter Kelley Hunt; Ranjit Arab; and Christopher Wheatley. Kelley Hunt co-wrote the film's musical score with Nathan Towns and performs the original song "Mountain To Move." The soundtrack also includes music by Pat Metheny.

What would happen if 9/11 happened again? Bunker Hill is the story of a former Wall Street executive who leaves prison and heads for the small town of Bunker Hill, Kansas, where his ex-wife and their children have started a new life. Soon after he arrives, an apparent massive terrorist attack against America darkens the town. Cut off from the world, the town's militant past is reawakened and forces coalesce to protect citizens from an unseen enemy. The town's fear leads to the creation of a posse of gunmen, resulting in torture, illegal searches and eventually, murder. Civil liberties and justice itself hang in the balance as the town must decide whether to embrace freedom or fear.

Bunker Hill was the opening night film at the 2008 Williamstown Film Festival, and is an official selection of The El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Global Human Rights Film Festival in New York City. The film has had advance screenings at The Santa Fe Film Center; The University of The District of Columbia, at an event hosted by the ACLU; at New York University at an event hosted by the Council on American Islamic Relations and seven other Islamic civil rights groups; Vassar College; the Brown v. Board National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas; and at The University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

"The America we live in today is very different from the America we lived in on September 11, 2001," said Johnny Barnes, executive director of the ACLU of the National Capital Area. "Democracy and freedom must not become casualties in the War on Terror. This great film reminds us of that."

"When writing fiction, you always hope that you're on to something that reflects what is actually going on in the world," says Willmott. "Bunker Hill tells a pretty wild story that is amazingly close to what has really happened to us since 9/11, right up to the current presidential election campaign."

Following early advance screenings, a number of political and film weblogs reacted. Below are quotes from a few online reports:

"A new indie film by African-American director Kevin Willmott (CSA: Confederate States of America) called Bunker Hill hasn't even been released yet, but it's already sparking political debate."
Ann Brown, The A-List Magazine ( )

"Mixing contemporary, and highly resonant, political issues with the dramatic force of film genres such as the western and the post-apocalyptic thriller, Bunker Hill challenges viewers to think about how we might react if the country was faced with another terrorist attack."
Chuck Tyron, The Chutry Experiment ( )

"I know what I like, and Bunker Hill deserves great praise as a courageous and realistic film. It is a motion picture that I recommend to you."
-- David Henderson, Clear Voices In A Cluttered World (

"Most viewers of this film will inevitably be left to wonder if a chain of events like this one portrayed here is possible in modern America ... I applaud Kevin Willmott for encouraging citizens to use his work of art as a vehicle for discussion."
-- Pam Pohly,

"...a very interesting and inflammatory film... it digs into the tougher issues we face as Americans in the post-9/11 landscape. It also happens to dig into those issues in a compelling way, telling a unique and touching story."
-- Ed Travis,

After returning to Kansas from NYU Film School, Kevin Willmott began writing, first for the stage, and then for television and film. His film CSA: Confederate States Of America premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Presented by Spike Lee and IFC Films, the movie generated critical acclaim during its theatrical runs in the US and Europe. Willmott's screenplays have been commissioned by Oliver Stone, 20th Century Fox and others. He co-wrote the NBC mini-series The 70's with Mitch Brian. Ninth Street, a feature film starring Martin Sheen and Isaac Hayes, co-starred and was written, produced and co-directed by Willmott. He is currently in post production on a new feature, The Only Good Indian, written by Thomas L. Carmody and starring Wes Studi (Avatar, Last of the Mohicans).

Willmott directed Bunker Hill from a script he wrote with Greg Hurd. Matthew Jacobson (CSA, Bukowski: Born Into This) is the Director of Photography. Willmott also produced the film, along with Matt Cullen, Greg Hurd and Scott Richardson. Thomas L. Carmody is the Executive Producer.

Scott Richardson - [email protected] 785-865-3439
Greg Hurd - [email protected] 785-550-3605

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