Program 2: Travis Wilkerson, Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?

Part of CROSSROADS 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017
9:15 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater
Enter through the Joyce and Larry Stupski Entrance at Minna Street

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Travis Wilkerson, Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, 2017

This West Coast premiere of Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? will be presented with live on-stage narration by director Travis Wilkerson.

“ of the most rigorous and intelligent American documentarians...”

—Amy Taubin, Artforum
“Its hard not to experience Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? and not get shivers up your spine — from fear, from anger and from the beauty of Wilkerson's filmmaking.”

—Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice

In 1946 in Dothan, Alabama, black American Bill Spann was murdered by S.E. Branch, a white southerner, and great-grandfather of filmmaker Travis Wilkerson. Branch suffered no lasting consequences, while Spann’s existence has been all but erased. Wilkerson’s Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (2017) is a harrowing, confrontational, deeply personal documentary investigation of this incident, a Southern Gothic murder mystery directly addressing white racism in America, past and present. Including the filmmaker’s family photos, home movies, news reports, and documents, as well as original interviews and photography of the now-haunted locations Branch and Spann inhabited, the film presents a complex and confessional portrait of lingering family legacies, secrecy, and shame. This powerful work is not to be missed.

— San Francisco Cinematheque

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