by Max Brantley
Documentary filmmaker Clint Fullen is preparing to roll out his movie about former Razorback running back Jim Lindsey, now a real estate tycoon.
First public crack at it will be Sept. 29 at the Fayetteville Public Library, with another public showing scheduled in October at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.
Not enough time to get into Lindsey's dabbling with politics in the film, I've been told. Understandable. The appeal for fans will be football glories. And there are lots of clips from the national championship days, narrated by Jerry Jones.
Details follow on the jump. The video goes on sale Aug. 30. See the website. Link corrected.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The film profiling legendary Razorback and entrepreneur Jim Lindsey tours Arkansas this fall. “The Jim Lindsey Story” premieres less than 48 hours before Coach Bret Bielema’s team kicks-off the 2013 football season.
Narrated by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the “Lindsey Story” debuts August 29, 2013 in Fayetteville. Screening locations include the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and Lindsey’s hometown, Forrest City.
“The documentary shows how he evolved from a child to the influence he is today,” Jones said. “It depicts his will, desire and ambition to achieve.”
Born in the Arkansas Delta, Lindsey captured victories in football and business. Lindsey played for the University of Arkansas’ 1964 national championship team. In 1965, the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings drafted the Razorback in the 2nd round. As a captain for the Vikings, Lindsey won the 1969 NFL title.
During offseasons, the athlete bought and sold real estate in Northwest Arkansas. According to Lindsey, he started making more money selling property than playing football. After retiring from the NFL, Lindsey began developing homes and apartments. He now owns and operates more than 37,000 apartment units and 42 golf courses.
Emmy Award winners Larry Foley and Dale Carpenter executive produced the film. “The Jim Lindsey Story” is the first grand opening for 25-year-old director Clint Fullen.
“As a young filmmaker, this project was an amazing experience,” Fullen said. “I could not have asked for better collaborators. I am very anxious to share the work with Razorback fans.”
“Lindsey is an influential business leader whose story needs to be told,” Foley said. “This film is a must-see for Arkansans.”
DVDs will be for sale August 30, 2013. Customers can pre-order the film at jimlindseystory.com. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Razorback Foundation.
A trailer and two previews of “The Jim Lindsey Story” are available online.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
The UARK Bowl
644 W Dickson St
Fayetteville, Ark. 72701
“The Jim Lindsey Story” will be unveiled on the verge of the 2013 football season. Friends, family and former teammates of the legendary Razorback are scheduled to attend this private event. Following the premiere, Lindsey will be joined by Coach Frank Broyles, Ken Hatfield, Bill Gray and Harold Horton in a panel discussion. Emmy Award winner and executive producer Larry Foley will moderate the forum. Media members may request access.
Central Arkansas Premiere
Friday, September 6, 2013
Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame
3 Verizon Arena Way
North Little Rock, Ark. 72114
In 1987, Lindsey was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. In 2013, the athlete returns to the site. “The Jim Lindsey Story” will be introduced to Central Arkansas on Friday, September 6. The next day, the Razorbacks face the Samford Bulldogs in War Memorial Stadium. Hall of Fame inductees and Arkansas personalities will be present. Attendance is by invitation-only. Limited press passes are available.
Northwest Arkansas Free Screening
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Fayetteville Public Library
401 W Mountain St
Fayetteville, Ark. 72701
The premieres may be private, but on September 29, “The Jim Lindsey Story” becomes open to the public. Razorback fans are encouraged to attend this free showing. Sponsored by the Fayetteville Public Library, director Clint Fullen will screen the film and take questions from visitors.
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Friday, October 18, 2013
239 Central Ave
Hot Springs, Ark. 71901
The Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute is the nation’s only cinema institute dedicated solely to nonfiction films, and “The Jim Lindsey Story” producers consider it an honor to be a part of the festivities. From the historic Arlington Hotel, the documentary will be shown to guests from across the nation. Afterward, director Clint Fullen will perform a Q&A with the audience. For more information, visit hsdfi.org.
Forrest City Homecoming
Friday, October 25, 2013
Forrest City Junior High
1133 N Division St
Forrest City, Ark. 72335
The tour ends where the legend began. “The Jim Lindsey Story” completes its journey in the athlete’s birthplace, the Arkansas Delta. Just in time for the Forrest City High School homecoming, this showing is free and open to the public. After the film, Lindsey will speak about his experiences in St. Francis County.
About “The Jim Lindsey Story”
The history of the Arkansas Razorbacks is composed of legends, and without a doubt, Jim Lindsey is one of its most successful players—on and off the field. Lindsey won a national championship, became a NFL captain, and built a thriving real estate empire across the South.
Narrated by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, "The Jim Lindsey Story" begins in the Arkansas Delta. Back then, Lindsey was simply a small boy who dreamt of playing ball. Weekdays were spent in the cotton fields, and weekends were used for cow-pasture baseball. In time, that boy grew up to be a very big man.
With the Razorbacks, Lindsey contributed to Arkansas’ record 22 game winning streak. As a Minnesota Viking, the athlete captured the 1969 NFL title. After football, he transformed his opportunities in athletics into a sizable fortune.
This film is a Southern success story. It is about a delta boy who went from the henhouse to the penthouse. Using his available talents, Lindsey seized victories in both business and football. He was never the fastest or the strongest. Still, Lindsey is one of the most remarkable players to ever put on pads.
“The Jim Lindsey Story” features interviews with College Football Hall of Fame coach Frank Broyles, former Arkansas head coach Ken Hatfield, former NFL players Fred Cox and Dave Osborn, and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant.
About the filmmaker
Clint Fullen, producer and director, was raised on the Razorbacks. He may have been born in Texas, but he was brought up by Arkansans. Transplanted to Little Rock, Fullen nurtured a love for football and film in the Natural State. Attending the University of Arkansas, the young filmmaker received degrees in broadcast journalism and creative writing. In 2013, he was awarded a master’s in documentary filmmaking. Throughout his academic career, Fullen freelanced as a commercial and documentary director. His short films have toured more than 100 locations across the United States, and his work has been broadcast nationally through “PBS Frontline” and “PBS Planet Forward.” “The Jim Lindsey Story” is Fullen’s largest and most ambitious project to date.