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ReelEarth: Marc Mulholland: An Irish Basketball Story

Posted on 2/19/2019 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

In a land of struggle, joy, and human drama, Ireland has its fair share of heroes—on the battlefield, along the coast, and, surprisingly, on the basketball court. Irish basketball legend John Kennedy was one such hero. A leader on and off the court, he played in the Irish National League and was an inspiration to many who suffered through the “struggles” of Northern Ireland. Tragically, John died on the court, stricken by a rare heart condition. In this film from the ReelEarth collection, filmmaker Marty Stalker introduces us, some years later, to Marc Mulholland, the nephew of this Irish basketball hero. As fate and freedom would have it, Marc quickly grew into his uncle’s oversized shoes. He was selected to play for the national junior team, then carried the Olympic torch through his city. The nephew seemed bound for stardom. But then his world exploded. He found out that he had the same heart problem as Uncle John Kennedy. The court was his safe space. The community was his family. What was his life without the ability to do what he loved? Marc became very ill and very weak—until he realized the skills he treasured from basketball could help him push through.

Produced by Scott Sell

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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