Friday, March 22, 2013

Special Collections provides content for history of basketball film

Bluegrass Kingdom: The Gospel of Kentucky Basketball premiered on Sunday March 17th.  It was written and directed by Mike Tolajian for Turner Sports and truTV.  The film tells the tale of the University of Kentucky basketball program, and in Tolajian's words, "arguable the most successful (and most controversial) college hoops program in history."
The film features original interviews with Joe B. Hall, Pat Riley, Ashley Judd, Cliff Hagan, Kenny “Sky” Walker, Derek Anderson and more.  The documentary also features a large portion of archival footage and still photographs from UK Libraries Special Collections. 

Pat Riley

One of the producers, Spencer Wilking said, "Honestly when Mike & I say: 'we couldn't have done it without you,' we really mean it. Without your assistance and fantastic library our archival images would've suffered terribly. Almost everything that hadn't been widely seen before came from you guys -- without the UK Libraries we would've been stuck with the stock visuals wheeled out with every UK project." 

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