Basketball’s Kevin Laue Movie Heading For Big Screen

Kevin Laue
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Cinipix acquires U.S. rights on 'Long Shot' documentary

Cinipix is developing an inspirational feature based on the story of basketball player Kevin Laue, who became the first one-armed player in the history of college basketball.

The company has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Franklin Martin’s documentary, “Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story” and will release the film theatrically this fall.

The feature film will be produced by Cinipix with Martin’s Dutchmen Films and Billy Raftery. The film will be directed by Martin and exec produced by Julian McMahon, Charles Loventhal and Dain Blair.

The deal is the first film acquisition for Cinipix since the infusion of capital in March from Wall Street financiers Howard Silverman and Neil Grossman.

Laue began playing Division I basketball for Manhattan College in 2009.

“Last summer I played ‘Long Shot’ on a white sheet nailed to the side of a hut in Africa,” Laue said. “The entire village was in tears. And they were laughing too. Totally moved by it. So if this film can inspire a village in Africa, I know it can show people in the U.S. that nothing is impossible if you put your heart and soul into it.”

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  1. i happen to have the honor of hosting Kevin Laue in Uganda and having him give away some of the tips to my community basket ball team. and that shit he talks about i was a part of it and all my team and other guys. i am looking forward to the film it is so inspiring.

  2. Amber says:

    I actually used to babysit kevin and his siblings. My brother was kevins oldest brother michaela best friend. The best thing his mom did was never let her son beleive he was “less” or “disabled”. It also helped that kevis has had a warriors spirit since he was able to walk:) kevin we are all so proud of you

  3. Hicks says:

    Can’t wait to see the movie! My family had privilege of meeting Kevin and his parents at Hand Camp. Our child has similar hand difference. He is great guy and inspiration!

  4. Tim Batch says:

    I’ve seen the movie and it is as inspiring as kevin says it is. Everyone should see it and everyone with kids must take their families. It’s much more than entertaining. TMB

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