Finding Big Country documentary answers the whatever happened to question

Finding Big Country

When: Dec. 7-13, various times

Where: Vancity Theatre

For six years a young Kat Jayme and her family were big supporters of the NBA’s Vancouver Grizzlies.

They attended lots of games, purchased jerseys and stuffed Grizz mascot toys and Kat cheered extra loudly every time her favourite player Bryant Big Country Reeves scored or blocked a shot.

Director Kathleen Jayma’s quest to find former NBA centre Bryant Big Country Reeves helped her to answer a few questions about herself and her relationship to basketball. Photo: Mike Dinsmore [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Director Ka Jayma’s quest to find former NBA centre Bryant Big Country Reeves helped her to answer a few questions about herself and her relationship to basketball. Photo: Mike Dinsmore

When she wasn’t focused on her favourite team’s game she was working on her own. Hours were spent dribbling and shooting. She talked about basketball non-stop and when she wasn’t talking about the game she was dreaming about playing in the WNBA.

Sadly, as a freshman at UBC the dream ended when she failed to make the final cut for the women’s varsity basketball team.

Time for her Plan B — if she couldn’t play basketball she was going to make a movie about a basketball player.

A 2011 graduate of the UBC film school Jayme had for a decade been carrying around an idea for a film like an extra pair of gym socks. What happened to her hero Big Country?

It’s that question she has answered in the utterly charming 44-minute documentary Finding Big Country. The award-winning film opens at the Vancity Theatre on Dec. 7 and Jayme and producer Michael Grand will be on hand for Q&A sessions after the Dec. 7 & 8 showings.

Jayme’s film idea became a reality in 2014 when she realized no one had talked to the former Grizzlies centre and Oklahoma State star since injuries cut his career short and he left the league with no fanfare — a long way from how he entered the league six years earlier.

Back in 1995 the expansion Grizzlies picked Reeves as their first draft choice. He was sixth overall. The first season the seven-foot centre put up decent rookie numbers averaging just over 13 points a game.

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

      

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