Kevin Willmott in person!
- 2014, Kevin Willmott, USA, 106 min.
- With Justin Wesley, Kip Niven
This expertly recreated historical drama tells the story of basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain’s epochal early years at the University of Kansas. The first “big man” to be considered a great athlete, Chamberlain led the Jayhawks to the 1957 NCAA Championship Game with UNC--one of the greatest battles in sports history. He also created fireworks off the court, openly dating white women and defying “Whites Only” prohibitions. Director Willmott (DESTINATION: PLANET NEGRO!) deftly situates an exciting sports saga within the larger context of the burgeoning Civil Rights movement. As Chamberlain, real-life KU hoopster Justin Wesley combines athletic skill with authentic acting ability. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)
Director Kevin Willmott will be present for audience discussion at both screenings.
ABC 7 Chicago Sports Anchor Jim Rose will moderate the August 3rd discussion.
NBC 5 Chicago's Siafa Lewis will moderate the August 4th discussion.