Erin and Travis Wilkerson


Erin Wilkerson is an American filmmaker, writer, and visual artist dedicated to investigating physical and cognitive borderlands, and methodologies of radical care. She is the Managing Editor of the online newsreel, NOW Journal, which is a platform for urgent praxis, in response to world events. Her mixed media work, film, and performance work investigated violence of the US/Mexico border and the post-industrial landscape, shown in Prismatic Ground, “Kino!”, Dokufest, and The Paris Collage Club. Her early professional work in landscape architecture instilled in her a drive for sustainability and questioning land use practices. She is currently a PhD in Practice candidate through the TransArt Institute and Liverpool John Moores University.


Travis Wilkerson’s internationally recognized body of filmmaking crosses boundaries with documentary and fiction, performance, and activism. At the epicentre of his work is the ongoing search for meeting points of aesthetic eloquence and political engagement, produced with an absolute modesty of material resources, as self-sufficiently as possible. In 2015, Sight & Sound called Wilkerson “the political conscience of American cinema.” 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. The NY Times called his most recent film “Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?”, “an urgent, often corrosive look at America’s past and present through the prism of family, patriarchy, white supremacy and black resistance.” In 2020, The New Yorker called it one of the “Sixty-Two Films That Shaped the Art of Documentary Filmmaking.” His essay film on the lynching of Wobbly Frank Little — “An Injury to One “– was named one of the best avant-garde films of the decade by Film Comment and a “political-cinema landmark” by the LA Times. His writings on film have appeared in Cineaste, Kino!, and Senses of Cinema. He has taught filmmaking at the University of Colorado, CalArts, Pomona College, and Vassar. Presently, he teaches Film Directing at LaSalle College of the Arts, Singapore.

Selected Works

  • Nuclear Family
  • The Scents That Carry Through Walls (Directed by Erin Wilkerson)
  • Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (Directed by Travis Wilkerson)

Screenings featuring this Filmmaker