“My Many Sons,” began filming in Nashville this week. TNECD approved a $175,000 grant for the movie to film in Music City.
“My Many Sons” 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 Music City, Lipscomb University students will gain hands on experience as interns on set and be cast as extras in the movie.
While head coach at Lipscomb University, Meyer led the team to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national championship in 1986. During his time in Nashville, Meyer posted a record of 665 wins to179 losses in his 24 years at the school. 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, Meyer became the winningest men’s basketball coach in NCAA history.
The movie will explore Meyer’s career as a basketball coach, focus on the lives he influenced both on and off the court, and recount Meyer’s incredible life story. 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. Meyer also a became a nationally recognized motivational speaker and the subject of an award-winning book, “How Lucky You Can Be.” Meyer passed away in May at the age of 69.
“My Many Sons” is tentatively scheduled for release in early April 2015, to coincide with the conclusion of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
*Photo credit: Tennessean (Don Meyer with Lipscomb University basketball players)