Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?


The Main 3 Tue, Apr 17, 2018 9:30 PM
The Main 3 Thu, Apr 19, 2018 4:40 PM
Capri Theater Thu, Apr 26, 2018 5:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:New American Visions
Spotlight: Chasms and Bridges
Culture & Society
Social Justice
True Story
Voice Category:Film on the Fringe
Release Year:2017
Runtime:90 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Grasshopper Film
Director:Travis Wilkerson
Producer:Travis Wilkerson
Cinematographer:Travis Wilkerson
Screenwriter:Travis Wilkerson
Editor:Travis Wilkerson
Filmography:An Injury to One ('02)
Who Killed Cock Robin? ('05)
Proving Ground ('09)
Distinguished Flying Cross ('11)
Machine Gun or Typewriter? ('15)


1946, lower Alabama. On a night in October, white Klansman and shopowner S.E. Branch guns down black Bill Spann inside the market of the neighborhood in which they both lived. Spann spends two days in a segregated black hospital before succumbing to his wounds. In the court proceedings, Branch’s claim of self-defense leads to a charge of first-degree murder, but with no trial or jail time. Years pass, until Branch’s great-grandson, the filmmaker himself, returns to the site of the murder to reflect on a generation’s worth of aftermath that followed the murder itself.

Part documentary, part murder-mystery, Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun? is also the story of interconnected histories and of director Travis Wilkerson’s coming to terms with his own. A mesmerizing reflection on America’s past and present, Wilkerson presents the details of Spann’s murder with an honest gaze, his eye firmly fixed on unearthing the truth.

Director Biography

Travis Wilkerson Travis Wilkerson was born in Colorado in 1969. Wilkerson has described his work as a combination of politics and artistry in keeping with the traditions of “third cinema” and cites Cuban film propagandist Santiago Alvarez as an influence. He has taught filmmaking nationally, including at Vassar College and CalArts.


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