SLICK, NANCY & THE TELETHON

Directed by Michael Husain

When the Pacers were on the brink of extinction in Indiana, the state's first couple of basketball stood up, rallied the fans and took to the airwaves to save their beloved team. Watch Video

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About Slick, Nancy and the Telethon

Film Summary

Think of what the NBA would be if there were no Indiana Pacers. No Reggie Miller draining 3s, no Larry Bird coaching them to the 2000 Finals, no professional team in the spiritual home of basketball. That came close to happening, if it weren't for one special night when the fans stepped in to save the Pacers. On July 3, 1977, coach Slick Leonard, a favorite son of Indiana, and his wife Nancy, the de facto general manager, decided to hold a telethon to stave off the creditors and keep the Pacers in Indianapolis. In this evocative film directed by Michael Husain, the still loving couple travel back in time to relive the tension and deliverance of that night. The Pacers may have never won an NBA title, but then no other NBA fan base can lay claim what they can. The telethon was, as Slick says, "as big as winning the championship."

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Michael Husain

Michael Husain is a nationally recognized documentary director, writer, and producer, as well as the founder of Good Vibes Media. His first company, Pathway Productions, began in 1996. Husain grew the firm to a 25 person, nationally honored media production company, selling it in 2007. Michael started his TV career as a General Assignment Reporter for WAVENBC in Louisville, KY, then as an associate producer with Oregon Public Broadcasting in 1990. He then made stops in Chicago at Bill Kurtis Productions in 1991 and Towers Productions in 1993 where he helped launch the long-running documentary series "American Justice" as a staff writer and producer. Michael honed his writing and production skills creating documentaries for The History Channel, HGTV, TLC, The Discovery Channel, PBS, A&E and ESPN. For ESPN he has crafted many "SportsCentury" documentaries and specials, as well as programming for ESPN Outdoors, such as "The New American Sportsman". He has won three National Sports Emmy Awards, two Golden Cine Awards, and three Telly Awards. Michael launched the first green wellness lifestyle show as executive producer of Discovery Home's "Living Fresh" in 2005. His independent film, "The Innocent" which he co-produced and co-wrote, was a Crystal Heart award winner at the Heartland Film Festival, and winner of the Jury Prize for "Best non-fiction film" at the Indianapolis International Film Festival.

In 2001, Husain was honored by being named to the Indianapolis Business Journal's "40 under 40" list, and is a member of the Who's Who in American Business. He was a member of the Governor appointed Indiana Film Commission, a recipient of a 2003 Indiana Arts Council Individual Artist grant, and has worked as an adjunct professor teaching documentary film production at Butler University. Michael graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Telecommunications and Political Science in 1987. He is happily married and blessed with three children.

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