Long Shot

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Kevin Laue, the subject of Long Shot

A heartwarming true-life tale told with a heavy helping of schmaltz, Franklin Martin’s documentary details the arduous path of Kevin Laue—a 6'11" high-school basketball player with Division 1 dreams, despite the fact that he lost his left hand at birth. A framing device involving Laue’s deceased father pulls on heartstrings too aggressively, but the athlete’s dedication and determination amid further obstacles (leg injuries, forced enrollment in an East Coast military academy) are undeniably moving. And in its portraits of Laue’s two coaches, Long Shot confirms that achieving one’s goals is rarely possible without the staunch support of others.

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I've been following Kevin's story as he played right here in NYC at Manhattan College and have seen him at several events - he's every bit of the inspiration that this documentary moves to convey.


great story of human triumph - especially in an age when we have so many service men and women coming back from war missing limbs etc - hope this story serves as inspiration to all with limb differences to never give up on your dreams.