Jayhawkers (film)

Kansas University basketball player playing Wilt Chamberlain. Kip Nevin, right, playing coach Phog Allen.

University of Kansas Film & Media Studies Professor Kevin Willmott’s film, "Jayhawkers," premiered on Friday, Feb. 14, at the Lied Center.

Willmott’s film tells the story of a group of unlikely allies who modernized college sports and changed Lawrence during the Civil Rights movement that would transform American society. "Jayhawkers" stars KU alumnus Kip Niven ("Magnum Force," "Return to Lonesome Dove") as Coach Phog Allen, Jay Karnes ("The Shield," "Burn Notice") as Chancellor Franklin Murphy, and Trai Byers ("90210," "All My Children") as jazz musician Nathan Davis. The film also features Justin Wesley as Wilt Chamberlain.


Jayhawkers promotional poster
Jayhawkers promotional poster

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