Travis Wilkerson, Visiting Fellow in Media Praxis


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. His films have screened at hundreds of venues and festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Toronto, Locarno, Rotterdam, Vienna, Yamagata, the FID Marseille and the Musée du Louvre. In the fall of 2012, the Slovenska Kinoteka in Ljubljana held an exhaustive retrospective of his work. That same program was featured at in January of 2014 as part of Unknown Pleasures #6 in Berlin. 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 other films include “Accelerated Underdevelopment” (on the filmmaker Santiago Alvarez), the narrative feature “Who Killed Cock Robin?” and the National Archive series. In 2007, he presented the first ever performance art at the Sundance Film Festival with Proving Ground, a live multi-media rumination on the history of bombing described as “one of the most daring experiments in the history of Sundance.” A recent feature, “Distinguished Flying Cross,” was honored with prestigious jury prizes both at Cinema du reel and Yamagata. His new film: “Los Angeles Red Squad,” just premiered in the main competition at FIDMarseille. He also contributed short segments to two omnibus projects: “Far From Afghanistan,” and Orbit (films). 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. Presently, he is the inaugural Visiting Fellow of Media Praxis in the Pomona College Media Guild.

Related Links
Manifesto – Los Angeles Red Squad
Incomplete Notes on the Character of the New Cinema
LA Times on An Injury to One 
Vimeo Site



Los Angeles Red Squad
70 minutes, 2013

Far From Afghanistan
Omnibus, segment Fragments of Dissolution
129 minutes, 2012

Distinguished Flying Cross
62 minutes, 2011

Pluto Declaration
Essay, part of Orbit(film)
3.5 minutes, 2011

Sand Creek Equation
24 Minutes, 2011

Proving Ground
Live Essay Performance

Superior Elegy
25 minutes, 2003/2010

Who Killed Cock Robin?
70 minutes, 2005/2010

An Injury to One
53 minutes, 2002

National Archive V. 1
15 minutes, 2001

Accelerated Under-Development: In the Idiom of Santiago Alvarez
65 minutes, 1999/2003