Full Court: The Spencer Haywood Story

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USA | 2016 | 90 minutes | Martin Spirit

Recently inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame, Seattle SuperSonics legend Spencer Haywood overcame extreme poverty and racism to rise from picking cotton as a child in Silver City, Mississippi to changing the face of professional basketball.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

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Fresh after his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, this compelling documentary follows NBA great Spencer Haywood's ascent from picking cotton as a child in Silver City, Mississippi to becoming a hoops legend. Haywood's story of overcoming extreme poverty and racism is brought to life through newspaper headlines, stylized footage, and interviews with former NBA greats including Charles Barkley, Lenny Wilkens, and former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley. His tale takes a local turn when Haywood is drafted by the SuperSonics in 1970 to begin his NBA career. But due to the existing NBA draft-eligibility rules, which required college players to wait until their class graduated before they entered the league, Spencer was barred from playing the game that meant everything to him. Haywood launched an antitrust lawsuit against the NBA with the help of then-Sonics owner Sam Schulman, a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Martin Spirit's film depicts the subsequent hate-infused backlash Haywood faced for defying NBA authority during a racially charged time in American history, which would lead to periods of drug abuse, depression, recovery, and, ultimately, an emotional story of redemption.

Director Biography
Martin Spirit is an award-winning British expat with 23 years in the film and broadcast industry. He was a producer on "Vietnam in HD" for the History Channel, then became a showrunner, producing and directing nonfiction programs for Discovery Channel, HGTV, the History Channel, and others.

Sponsored by 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, CityArts, Seattle Weekly

  • Director: Martin Spirit
  • Principal Cast: Spencer Haywood, Charles Barkley, Pat Riley, Lenny Wilkens, Chuck D
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Dwayne J. Clark, Andy Streitfeld, Kim Clemons
  • Screenplay: Kim Clemons
  • Cinematographers: Taylor Witt
  • Editors: Martin Spirit
  • Music: Donn Wilkerson
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP