About the film

“Jump Shot” tells the inspiring story of Kenny Sailors, credited with introducing the modern-day jump shot in basketball. Sailors dazzled college basketball fans in the early 1940s with his never-before-seen “leaping one-hander” while leading his Wyoming Cowboys to the Collegiate National Championship in Madison Square Garden. But after playing on several losing teams in an unstable, emerging league that would become the NBA, Kenny retreated into the Alaskan wilderness only to be forgotten by the sport he helped pioneer. Nearly 60 years later, a group of supporters have forced Sailors’ humble reemergence. The film follows their efforts to get him recognized in the Naismith Hall of Fame and to uncover the man behind the shot and why the sport he helped define never defined him. It also includes a very brief appearance by the late Jud Heathcote, the legendary Michigan State University hoops coach. Michigan premiere.


7 p.m. Thu., April 11
Emagine Royal Oak

8:30 p.m. Fri., April 12
Patriot Theater
at the War Memorial

Film credits

Year: 2019
Run time: 1 hour, 13 minutes
Director: Jacob Hamilton
Writer: Jacob Hamilton
Producers: Dave Beathard, Austin Eudaly, Jim Hamilton, Thaddeus D. Matula, Mary Beth Minnis, Ryan Munson, Brenda J. Robinson
Editor: Grant Myers
Cinematographer: Jacob Hamilton
Composer: Joshua Myers