Three Edmond Memorial High School graduates and an Oklahoma State alumnus will be airing their feature length documentary “Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story” at the deadCenter Film Festival beginning Thursday, June 6.
The film centers around the life and basketball career of Kenny Sailors — the apparent inventor of the modern-day jump shot in the game of basketball.
Mary Beth Minnis, an Edmond Memorial graduate, is the producer and executive producer on the film. Minnis graduated from Memorial in 1995 before completing her collegiate studies at the University of Oklahoma in 1999. Minnis played basketball for Cimarron Middle School during her intermediate years.
Members of the film crew interviewed NBA stars Dirk Nowitzki, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant about the film. During Nowitzki's interview with the crew, video of Sailors' jump shot reminded him of Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook.
Joining Minnis on the production team were more Edmond-area residents.
Ryan Munson graduated with Minnis from both Edmond Memorial and the University of Oklahoma in years 1995 and 1999. Munson is the CEO of The Advisors, an asset management, retirement planning and financial advising company. Munson is credited with an executive producer role in the film, and he will be in attendance at the film festival in early June.
Drew Munson, another Edmond Memorial graduate, is credited in a co-executive producer role, alongside Oklahoma State University alumnus Austin Eudaly.
The film is directed by Jake Hamilton, and it runs an approximate hour and 15 minutes.
The film will be aired at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. A second showing will be available on Saturday, June 8th at Harkins at 1:45 p.m. It will not, however, be the only basketball-themed film to spot the weekend’s agenda.
“Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story” will air at the festival in addition to the animated short film “Growing up George.” The animation centers around the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George and his relationship with his mother, Paulette, and his sister Teiosha. The animated short will take heavy influence from the art style of Thunder super-fan Nanae Yamano. Yamano lives in Japan, and her artwork can be found under the twitter username @7A_mountain, or the instagram account perspective_7a.
The film screenings will include another Thunder player — proclaimed movie aficionado Patrick Patterson. Through pure passion for films, Patterson will moderate a question and answer segment at the end of the screenings despite not being associated production-wise for either of the two films.