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  • Randy Wilkins '01, Filmmaker and director
  • Randy Wilkins '01, Filmmaker and director

Randy Wilkins '01, Filmmaker and director

I work for director Spike Lee (40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks). I was an English major at F&M, but I made a film right after graduation, a documentary about a Lancaster barbershop. Then-President John Fry invited me back to campus to do a film about underrepresented groups at F&M.

In 2003, Spike came to campus. I met him, we hit it off, and he urged me to go to New York University's film school. I earned my master of fine arts there, and my graduate project, a documentary titled "Osvaldo's," has aired on HBO. I've worked on a bunch of Spike's projects -- "Inside Man," "Miracle of St. Anna," "If God is Willing" and "The Creek Don’t Rise" -- and some commercials and public service announcements.

I'm from New York, so going to a small school like F&M was an adjustment. But while I was there I came to understand who I was and how I wanted to reach my goals. F&M helped me find my voice.