Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun?
2017, Travis Wilkerson, USA, 90 min.
- Fri, Apr 27th 6:00pm
- Sat, Apr 28th 6:45pm
- Sun, Apr 29th 5:15pm
- Mon, Apr 30th 8:15pm
- Wed, May 2nd 6:00pm
"Incendiary…one of the most powerful reckonings in recent American cinema." - Jordan Cronk, Sight and Sound
"Intense, mesmerizing, and heartbreaking…It's 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, Village Voice
Poised between experiment and agit-prop, the documentaries of Travis Wilkerson (AN INJURY TO ONE) channel the grand tradition of American radicalism. A sensation at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, DID YOU WONDER WHO FIRED THE GUN? fuses Southern Gothic, fiery sermon, and film-noir detective story into a spellbinding personal/political testament. After participating in protests against the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer, the filmmaker is driven to exhume a skeleton in his own family closet: the 1946 shooting of an African American man in Dothan, Alabama, by Wilkerson's great-grandfather, who was let off on a flimsy self-defense plea. Wilkerson sets out to investigate a case still veiled in in fear and secrecy, driving down racism-haunted Alabama roads as he follows a twisted trail that takes in a white supremacist aunt, Civil War reenactments, an unmarked grave, a rape investigation by pre-boycott Rosa Parks, the 1963 murder of white civil rights activist William Moore, and the mythic image of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD's Atticus Finch. But, as Wilkerson warns us, "This isn't another white savior story. This is a white nightmare story." DCP digital. (MR)