NO KIN TO ME

Directed by Marc Kinderman

Hours after President Reagan was shot, LSU and Virginia played in the now-defunct Final Four consolation game. After the game, LSU's star Rudy Macklin made a comment regarding the president that would put him on a fight to restore his honor. Watch Video

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No Kin To Me

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Rudy Macklin's jersey is hanging from the rafters at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center, and for good reason: He is the school's all-time leading rebounder and second-leading scorer. Macklin led the Tigers to the 1981 Final Four in Philadelphia, where an injured finger hampered him in a semifinal loss to Indiana. Back then, the NCAA Tournament included a third-place game, and that's where the trouble started for Macklin. Just before the consolation game against Virginia, President Ronald Reagan was shot, and after the loss, Macklin was asked if the news might have affected the team. His widely-reported response -- "He's no kin of mine" -- was so blown out of proportion that he feared for his life. In this documentary, directed by Marc Kinderman, Macklin talks about the fight to restore his honor.

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Marc Kinderman

Born and raised in Philadelphia with an unhealthy appetite for scrapple, Kinderman graduated from Syracuse in 1993 and moved on to ESPN, where he learned the joys of cutting 20-second NHL highlights at 1:45 in the morning. From there he moved up to cutting features, eventually hooking on with the SportsCentury project, where he would produce three shows in 1999's 50 Greatest Athletes Series -- Martina Navratilova, Ted Williams, and Bobby Orr. When SportsCentury branched out to hour-long specials in the 2000's, he produced shows on Charles Barkley, Wilt Chamberlain, Jim Brown, Hank Aaron, Pete Maravich, Pedro Martinez and Larry Brown.

Going freelance in 2000 gave Marc the chance to do projects outside the ESPN family of networks, and for Marc that opportunity began when he had the opportunity to do three music-related episodes of A&E Biography. The two-hour special on concert promoter Bill Graham that aired in 2002 might still rank as his favorite show ever produced. Interviewing Keith Richards, Gregg Allman, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, Ray Manzarek from The Doors, Marty Balin and Paul Kantner from Jefferson Airplane was something he'll remember for awhile. He also produced Biography episodes on Deborah Harry and Pat Benatar in 2003.

Kinderman also has had the opportunity to work both sides of the business news industry -- producing features on the UFC, the New England Patriots and New Orleans businesses re-emerging from Hurricane Katrina for CNBC, and several IPO Road Show and Annual Report videos for Integrated Corporate Relations (ICR).

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