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Born to Lead: Jim Calhoun

Born to Lead: Jim Calhoun, provides a unique inside look, into the 40 year (14 at Northeastern and 26 at UCONN) power house coaching legacy, combining a “will to win and relentless quest for perfection,” balanced with a tough love commitment to his players, his friends, family, and charities. While delivering 27 UCONN players to the NBA draft, some of his actions have been wrought with controversy. This documentary unveils not only his vulnerability but his “extended family,” which fans and followers have yet to see or understand: an epic of underdog determination, human compassion and a 3 time NCAA champion.

Prior to this season’s championship win, interviews included but were not limited to Coach Calhoun’s inner circle,  family members, sportscasters and reporters, former UCONN and former NBA players, Ray Allen, Ben Gordon, and Richard Hamilton and NCAA coaching peers/longtime rivals,(Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim and Duke’s Coach “K” (Mike Krzyzewski).

Coach Calhoun also returned to Madison Square Garden to reminisce about his greatest moments in Big East Championship history, from the spots on the floor where each play took place.

The film delivers never before seen footage, pictures and information which will appeal to not only UCONN and NCAA basketball fans, but viewers looking for inspirational messages.


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts
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