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Oklahoma State basketball: Bryant Reeves film to air on ESPN

ESPN films soon in July will take a decidedly orange turn. Oklahoma State basketball is at the forefront of two of the four films ESPN has added to enhance its content during these pandemic times.

“Finding Big Country” will make its ESPN premier at 7 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN. Canadian Kat Jayme’s movie about Bryant Reeves has been shown here in Oklahoma and in film festivals but now goes national.

“It’s been nearly two decades since the Vancouver Grizzlies left town with their original franchise player Big Country Bryant Reeves taking most of the blame, but superfan Kat Jayme still isn’t over it,” ESPN touted in a press release. “She goes on a mission to find her reclusive and maligned childhood hero and tell the story of the forgotten legend.”

Reeves isn’t forgotten here, of course, and isn’t really reclusive. And if Reeves is blamed for the NBA leaving Vancouver, that’s nuts. And Jayme doesn’t blame Big Country. That’s her hero, after all.

I met Jayme during the film-making process, and I’m delighted by her success.

It’s a story similar to Christopher Hunt’s. He’s the filmmaker from Midwest City who started a grassroots project to make a movie about Eddie Sutton, Reeves’ college coach, and “EDDIE” will premiere on ESPN at 8 p.m. Monday.

Jayme said “Finding Big Country” will air on ESPN platforms for five months.

“I have always wanted (“Finding Big Country”) to air on ESPN, so this is really a dream come true,” Jayme wrote me. “Usually ESPN only plays original ESPN films, but because of what's happening right now they've made an exception to acquire a package of non-ESPN films. I'm honored that they thought of FBC!

“‘Finding Big Country’ has helped put the Grizzlies and Bryant back on the map here in Vancouver and Canada and my team and I are so excited to have our U.S. TV premiere now.”

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