Wilt Chamberlain film 'Jayhawkers' premiering Feb. 14


Grant Fitch

Wilt Chamberlain (Justin Wesley), center, and his date (Sara Kennedy) are told they must move to the balcony by a movie theater usher (Aubry Peters) in a scene from “Jayhawkers.”

Kansas University professor and filmmaker Kevin Willmott will premiere his new film "Jayhawkers" at the Lied Center on Feb. 14.

"Jayhawkers," which was partially filmed in Lawrence, documents the recruitment and Kansas career of Wilt Chamberlain. It focuses on how his presence within the university's basketball program affected race relations in Kansas and across the country during the '50s.

Current KU forward Justin Wesley makes his debut performance in the lead role as Chamberlain.

The film was co-written and directed by Willmott, a KU film and media studies professor, whose past films include "C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America" and "The Only Good Indian."

Showings of the film will be 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Feb. 14; 11 a.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Feb. 15; and 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 16. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at lied.ku.edu/events or at the Lied Center Ticket Office.


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