Dec. 19, 2006 – Lawrence, Kansas – “Bunker Hill,” the new independent feature film from director Kevin Willmott (CSA: Confederate States of America) and starring Emmy and Peabody Award winner James McDaniel (NYPD Blue), has wrapped production. Principal photography was shot over a five-week period in several Kansas locations. McDaniel, who has starred in such films as Sunshine State and Edge of America, is also Executive Producer.
Appearing alongside McDaniel are: Saeed Jaffrey the legendary actor from India who has starred in more than 150 films, including Gandhi, Passage to India, My Beautiful Launderette and The Man Who Would Be King; Laura Kirk, star and co-writer of the acclaimed feature film Lisa Picard is Famous; Broadway; television and film star Kevin Geer (The Contender); Blake Robbins, from the HBO series Oz and FOX‘s 24; Scott Allegrucci, (Chicago Hope, The Feud); singer / songwriter Kelley Hunt; Wendy Thompson (CSA); Ranjit Arab; and Chris Wheatley. Kelley Hunt, renowned blues singer Queen Bey, indie rock band Trucker, The Americana Music Academy and others will contribute music to the soundtrack.
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.
After returning to Kansas from NYU Film School, Kevin Willmott began writing, first for the stage, and then for television and film. CSA: Confederate States Of America, written and directed by Willmott and produced by Rick Cowan, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Presented by Spike Lee and IFC Films, the movie has generated critical acclaim during its theatrical run this year. 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.
For seven seasons, James McDaniel portrayed Lt. Arthur Fancy on the acclaimed television series NYPD Blue. An Obie and Drama Desk award winning stage actor, McDaniel has also appeared on Hill Street Blues, Law and Order, Taken and Las Vegas. In addition to Edge of America and Sunshine State, for which he won an Emmy and a Peabody Award, his feature films include Malcolm X, Risky Business, El Cortez and the upcoming War Eagle.
Willmott produced and directed Bunker Hill, from a script he co-wrote with Greg Hurd. Matt Jacobson (CSA, Bukowski: Born To This) is the Director of Photography. Matt Cullen, Greg Hurd and Scott Richardson (Investigating History) are Co-Producers. James McDaniel and Tom Carmody are the Executive Producers.
Willmott’s next feature film, Wilt of Kansas, about basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain’s tumultuous college years, is slated to begin production in the summer of 2007.
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