Jump Shot
Former collegiate basketball player, Kenny Sailors, in director Jacob Hamilton’s biographical sports documentary, ‘Jumpshot: The Kenny Sailors Story.’

Basketball fans are jumping through hoops to recall who invented the popular scoring method of the jump shot. The inquiry into the identity of the celebrated athlete asks such diverse enthusiasts as NBA players and coaches, collegiate basketball players, ESPN workers and newspaper reporters if they knew the man who came up with the shot, which can be seen in a new new clip from the biographical documentary, ‘Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story.’ In honor of the sports film having its World Premiere tomorrow morning at SXSW, ShockYa is exclusively debuting the latest video from the movie, which is titled ‘Of All Places.’

‘Jump Shot,’ which was directed by Jacob Hamilton, looks at the origin of the jump shot in basketball. The story shows how one accomplished former collegiate player, Sailors, helped change the game forever with his leaping one-hander move. In addition to Sailors, the documentary also features Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Bobby Knight, Jay Bilas, Nancy Lieberman and Clark Kellogg.

The following synopsis for ‘Jump Shot’ has been released:

Introducing his never before seen ‘leaping one-hander’ to the masses on a national level, Kenny Sailors quickly grew to be a fan favorite while leading his Wyoming Cowboys to the Collegiate National Championship in Madison Square Garden in 1943. But after playing on several losing teams in an unstable, emerging league now known as the NBA, Kenny disappeared into the Alaskan wilderness, only to be forgotten by the sport he helped pioneer. Now, nearly sixty years later, the multitude of people he has touched along the way have forced his humble reemergence.

‘Jump Shot’ is set to premiere tomorrow at 11:15am at Atom Theater at the Austin Convention Center during the Documentary Spotlight section. The movie will also screen at the Austin-based film festival on Tuesday, March 12 at 2:15pm at Alamo Lamar A, and on Wednesday, March 13 at 8:30pm at Alamo Lamar D.

ShockYa's Exclusive 'Jump Shot' Clip
ShockYa's Exclusive 'Jump Shot' Clip

ShockYa is debuting an exclusive clip from director Jacob Hamilton's biographical sports documentary, 'Jumpshot: The Kenny Sailors Story.'

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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