Bobby "Slick" Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier
Thursday, August 7 at 9 p.m. on WFYI 1
Bobby "Slick" Leonard is Indiana basketball. No one better embodies its toughness; no one better personifies its passion. And no one takes more pride in being a native Hoosier. "Heart of a Hoosier" will chronicle Leonard's journey as never before, from the poorest part of Depression-era Terre Haute to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
With stunning new footage and an all-star cast, the 90-minute documentary will take viewers:
- On the floor for Leonard's national-title-winning shot for IU;
- On the blizzard-enshrouded plane as Leonard and the Minneapolis Lakers crash-landed in an Iowa cornfield;
- On the road and in the locker room with the best and wildest team in the ABA, the Indiana Pacers;
- Into the booth for Leonard's "Boom Baby" calls that have defined Pacers fervor for the past three decades.
Come along for the ride and learn the inside story of a seminal figure in Indiana history. Premiering in the summer of 2014.
Other collaborations between Ted Green Films and WFYI:
"Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story;" "Naptown to Super City;" "Hoosier Veterans: Faces of War;" and "John Wooden: The Indiana Story."
BOBBY "SLICK" LEONARD: HEART OF A HOOSIER IN THE MEDIA
"Beyond all of the hoopla is a new film that follows the accomplished life of a man who helped the Hoosiers win an NCAA banner in 1953. And behind the film is original music composed and performed by Indiana University’s Tyron Cooper."
From the IBJ:
Former newspaper editor now telling stories on screen
"Green recently completed production of “Bobby Slick Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier,” a 90-minute documentary that will debut at Bankers Life Fieldhouse July 29. The television premiere will air on WFYI Channel 20 Aug. 7—the day before Leonard is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame."
From Indianapolis Monthly:
'Slick' Leonard Flick Coming Soon
"Leonard, who made appearances in Green’s other features 'Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story,'' Naptown to Super City,' and 'John Wooden: The Indiana Story,' revealed a rarely seen personal side during the filming. Green wouldn’t divulge details (“You’ll have to watch the film”), but he let on that Leonard’s hometown, Terre Haute, plays a pivotal role, and key portions of the film delve into the basketball icon’s hardscrabble formative years."