Jayhawkers (film)

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Directed byKevin Willmott
Produced byChris Blunk
Scott Richardson
Written byScott Richardson
Kevin Willmott
StarringKip Niven
Justin Wesley
Blake Robbins
Trai Byers
Jay Karnes
Scot Pollard
CinematographyMatt Jacobson, Jeremy Osbern
Edited byStephen Deaver
Audax Films
Through A Glass Productions
CountryUnited States

Jayhawkers is an American sports drama/biographical film directed by Kevin Willmott, following the life of Wilt Chamberlain, Phog Allen, and the 1956 Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.


The film follows Phog Allen, head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team from 1919 to 1956, recruiting 7 foot 1 inch Wilt Chamberlain, and the trials and tribulations that Chamberlain faces during his time with the Jayhawks, as well as Lawrence, Kansas being a parallel to the Civil Rights Movement.[1]



A portion of the budget was raised through the crowd-funding site Kickstarter, with over $54,000 raised.[2] Shot in Lawrence, Kansas, Topeka, Kansas, and Leavenworth, Kansas, the film stars then-current Kansas Basketball player Justin Wesley as Chamberlain.

A teaser trailer was shown at Late Night in the Phog 2012,[3] and as of February 2014, two more trailers were released online. The film premiered in Lawrence, Kansas on February 14, 2014, and made its public debut on February 28, 2014 at Liberty Hall near the University of Kansas campus.[4]


  1. ^ "Synopsis - Jayhawkers - Movie (2014)". jayhawkersmovie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  2. ^ ""Jayhawkers" - Feature Film by Kevin Willmott — Kickstarter". kickstarter.com. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  3. ^ "YouTube - Late Night in the Phog 2012 - Jayhawkers Movie Trailer". youtube.com. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
  4. ^ "JAYHAWKERS — Liberty Hall". libertyhall.net. Retrieved 2014-04-19.