"My Many Sons" Movie Begins Filming In Tennessee

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced that it has approved a $175,000 grant for “My Many Sons” to film in Music City. The movie is based on Don Meyer’s career as a successful head basketball coach, including his years coaching the Lipscomb University men’s team from 1975-1999, and the many lives he influenced along the way. Throughout the next three weeks of filming in Nashville, Lipscomb University students will gain hands on experience as interns on set and be cast as extras in the movie.

“Tennessee’s rich history as a center of creative excellence in the film and music industries makes Nashville the perfect location choice for ‘My Many Sons’,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “Lipscomb University is a great asset to our community and our state and I am pleased Don Meyer’s leadership and contribution over the years at such a respected institution will be highlighted in this film. ‘My Many Sons’ decision to film here, offer Lipscomb University students valuable behind-the-scenes learning opportunities and hire local actors, is a testament to the kind of creative and collaborative environment our department works to support and highlight around our state.”

While head coach at Lipscomb University, Coach Meyer led the team to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championship in 1986. During his time in Nashville, Coach Meyer posted a record of 665 wins to179 losses in his 24 years at the school. Coach Meyer left Lipscomb in 1999 to become the men’s head basketball coach at Northern State University in South Dakota. Before he retired as the NSU coach in 2010, Coach Meyer became the winningest men’s basketball coach in NCAA history.

The movie will explore Coach Meyer’s career as a basketball coach, focus on the lives he influenced both on and off the court, and recount Coach Meyer’s incredible life story. Coach Meyer nearly died in a 2008 car crash, discovered he had cancer, had part of his left leg amputated and won several national awards, including the 2009 ESPY for the Jimmy V (Jim Valvano) Award For Perseverance. Coach Meyer also a became a nationally recognized motivational speaker and the subject of an award-winning book, “How Lucky You Can Be.”  Coach Meyer passed away in May 2014 at the age of 69.

“My Many Sons” is being directed by Ralph E. Portillo and produced by Higher Purpose Entertainment and Hemisphere Entertainment, led by film producers Brad Wilson and Casey Bond. Mr. Wilson operated Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall’s production company, Butcher’s Run Films, and worked with Mr. Duvall on nearly twenty films, including some of Mr. Duvall’s most memorable achievements, such as “Days of Thunder,” “Falling Down,” and “Lonesome Dove.”

“I always love taking my films out of Los Angeles and taking them to different parts of the country,” Mr. Wilson said. “When you do get out into different places like Nashville, people appreciate the craft and appreciate what you’re doing. I want to thank the Tennessee Film, Entertainment, & Music Commission for accommodating us and making it possible for us to film this movie in Tennessee.”

“My Many Sons” is tentatively scheduled for release in early April 2015, to coincide with the conclusion of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.


National Touring Artist Levi The Poet To Perform At Inman St. Coffeehouse

Levi The Poet, a nationally-recognized and critically-acclaimed spoken word artist, will be performing at The Salvation Army’s Inman St. Coffeehouse on June 19 as part of the coffeehouse’s summer concert series, with the proceeds of the show benefitting The Salvation Army’s local youth programs.  Levi The Poet will be performing at Inman St. Coffeehouse as part of his ... (click for more)

Nikki Hill Featured At Nightfall Friday

The Nightfall Concert Series, produced by Chattanooga Presents, continues its 29th season this Friday at Miller Plaza with a headline performance by soul-shocked rock n roll artist Nikki Hill, and opening act Decibella. "She’s been compared to a hybrid of Staple Singers and AC/DC, but nothing really prepares an audience for the music of Nikki Hill until they see her in live ... (click for more)

Woman, 26, Who Was Set To Testify In Murder Trial, Is Shot And Killed On Elder Street

A 26-year-old woman who was set to testify in an upcoming murder trial was shot multiple times and killed on Wednesday morning. Chattanooga Police responded to the 2100 block of Elder Street on a report of a dead person on the side of the road near Old Ringgold Road and Westside Drive. Police located Bianca Horton.  P olice established a crime scene.  Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Attorney For Bobby Stone Hits Berke, Fletcher For Commenting On Pending Case

The attorney for Bobby Stone on Wednesday said it was "fundamentally wrong" for Mayor Andy Berke and Police Chief Fred Fletcher to comment on the case in which Mr. Stone is charged with domestic assault against his wife, Berke advisor Lacie Stone. Attorney Lee Davis said the comments were unfair and "a disservice to the court." Mayor Berke denied any inappropriate contact ... (click for more)

Case Handled Like Any Other? - And Response

It is interesting that Chief Fletcher would deem the handling of the Mayor's encounter as typical or normal. Is the Chief asking the public to believe that all misdemeanor domestic violence arrests include a 4-hour taped interrogation, and delayed reporting after a visit to the Chief’s house. Of course, we believe that Chief Fletcher. April Eidson * * *  I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Christian Schools Bully, Too

Earlier this week, after I shared a story about bullying written by a very brave mother, it opened a floodgate of emails from parents and students who have been forced to endure such madness in our elementary, junior and senior high schools. Discipline is the No. 1 problem in our schools. Because of it, or because of a lack of it, no wonder our children cannot achieve all that ... (click for more)