USA, 2005, 70 min
Dennis Lim called WKCR? one of the 10 most overlooked films in the history of Sundance: "Travis Wilkerson's first feature, following up on the lyrical agitprop of his Butte, Montana documentary AN INJURY TO ONE, portrays the life of a rootless teenager in the same dead-end town: shoplifting, hanging out in abandoned mines, grappling with the decline of employment prospects and labor movements. A bold and unfashionable film in every sense, not least its earnest political stand." This version of WKCR? has never been screened in the US, and is based on a special revised edition of the film that toured the region with the launch of KINO!, the acclaimed Slovenian film journal that published Wilkerson's accompanying manifesto in KINO! #1.
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A chance meeting in Havana with legendary Cuban film propagandist Santiago Alvarez changed the course of Travis Wilkerson's life. He now makes films in the tradition of the “third cinema,” wedding politics to form in an indivisible manner. In 2015, Sight & Sound called Wilkerson “the political conscience of American cinema.” His films have screened at scores of venues and festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Toronto, Locarno, Rotterdam, Vienna, Yamagata, the FID Marseille and the Musée du Louvre. His best-known work is an agit-prop essay on the lynching of Wobbly Frank Little called “An Injury to One," named one of the best avant-garde films of the decade by Film Comment. His most recent fiction feature, “Machine Gun or Typewriter?” premiered at Locarno 2015 and was awarded Best International Feature at DokuFest (Kosovo). It has since screened worldwide and was recognized as one the finest films of the year on numerous lists including La Furia Umana and DesistFilm. His writings on film have appeared in Cineaste, Kino!, and Senses of Cinema. He has taught filmmaking at the University of Colorado and Film Directing at CalArts, and was the inaugural Visiting Fellow of Media Praxis in the Pomona College Media Guild. Presently, he is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Film at Vassar College. He is also the founding Editor of Now: A Journal of Urgent Praxis.