Feature Films and Motion Pictures
| Motion Pictures In Development
The following two motion pictures are ready for production complete with scripts and budgets.
All two screenplays have been registered with the Writers Guild of America, West, are
copyrighted and the property of Rene A. Henry.
West Virginia Kid
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This is the story about Hot Rod Hundley, one of basketball's most
colorful players and broadcasters. While his achievements on the
basketball court and behind the microphone are well known, few
know how he got where he is today and the life he endured as a
This inspiration and motivational Horatio Alger drama will capture
the life experiences and accomplishments of a baby boy left behind
by a single mother, deserted by his father, who grew up in the
post-depression years in Charleston, West Virginia with nothing,
He was raised by strangers with no family or friends and shuffled from house to house, from
family to family, being abused, hurt and mistreated. He never had an opportunity to associate
with other children and was so fearful and shy and lacking in self-esteem that he even flunked
But when he was 10 years old, his life began to change. He picked up a basketball and began
spending all of his time at either the YMCA or a neighborhood playground. At the same time he
began living with an elderly, poor couple, who gave him the basic essentials to continue his life
and school. His only sleeping place was an area under a stairway with a small bed and curtain
to screen his privacy.
He never had a mentor or anyone to guide him and had to make all of his own decisions. He was
very lonely and had no friends until high school. And they had mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers,
families, friends and homes. After basketball, Hundley had no one.
By the time he was in the 9th grade he was well on his way to being a superstar. He led his
school to the state championship and single-handedly outscored the opposing team. He played
at the Y with college All-Americans who treated him as an equal. He taught himself ball handling
skills only seen at the time by Harlem Globetrotters. When he was a senior in high school he
was #1 on every college coach's recruiting list. He went on to become an All-American at West
Virginia University and in his first appearance in New York City he set the scoring record at
Madison Square Garden. He was the first player chosen in the NBA draft and played six years
with the Los Angeles Lakers, two times making the All-Star team.
He sold athletic shoes for Converse when he retired as a player but found his niche when he
began a career as a sports announcer. His first job was an analyst for the legendary Chick
Hearn at the Los Angeles Lakers. The New Orleans (now Utah) Jazz became an expansion
team and until retirement in 2009 was their only announcer and broadcast more than 3,000 of
the team's games.
When he was 65 years old he earned his bachelor's degree and returned to West Virginia to
graduate with the class of 2000. He has since been honored as a "Distinguished Alumnus" of the
university. He is the only player to have been inducted in the National Basketball Hall of Fame
as an announcer. In 2006, the Salt Lake City YMCA named him their "Man of the Year."
For Hot Rod Hundley, basketball became his life and his future success. From the first time he
picked up a basketball and began spending time at the YMCA, his life began to change. The
hardships he endured are the scars he bears. However, he is the example of how someone with
enough determination can overcome almost any challenge. West Virginia Kid is his story and a
true rags-to-riches Horatio Alger story.
Other Film and Video Projects
George Bush Talks About His Presidential Library, executive producer and director, 11-minute
video for awareness and development, 1995, Bronze Medal, WorldFest Houston International
Marching To the Beat, executive producer and writer, half-hour television documentary about
the history of marching bands,1995, selected by the U.S. State Department for distribution to
embassies and consulates throughout the world.
A Tribute To Achievement, executive producer and co-writer, half-hour documentary film
on the 1984 Olympic medal winner's tour, winner of the CINE Golden Eagle, the Oscar of
The Jump Shot and Individual Defensive Skills, executive producer, creator and writer, two
10-minute instructional basketball film starring Jerry West, Hot Rod Hundley and Pat Riley, 1971.
Tone-Up for Tennis, a 10-part syndicated television series of 5-minute programs on tennis tips
starring Vic Braden, creator and executive producer, 1977.
Clinton and Congress, one-hour television panel of distinguished bipartisan experts/analysts
discussint topical national issues, executive producer, 1994.
Read More About Hot Rod Hundley
Retiring Hot Rod Hundley's #33, January 21 by Huntington News Network, January 22
Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette
More than a half century after he played his last game for the Mountaineers, West Virginia
University will retire Hot Rod Hundley’s #33 during Saturday afternoon’s nationally-televised
basketball game against Ohio State. ...
| WVU Retires Hot Rod Hundley's #33
On Saturday, January 24, before a sellout crowd of 15,033,
West Virginia University retired #33, the number Hot Rod
Hundley wore from 1954-1957 at West Virginia University.
The Mountaineers went on to beat Ohio St. 71-56.
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The Iron Indians
The “Iron Indians” is an inspirational and motivational story about 24 courageous and dedicated
young men who comprised the 1953 William & Mary football team, and against all odds, competed
against much larger and stronger teams, and had the college’s only winning season during a 15-
The team was decimated in January with the loss of some 30 athletes because of a violation of
the college’s Honor Code. William & Mary, the nation’s second oldest college and founded in
1693, has many traditions and priorities in higher education. The Honor Code is just one of many.
The code was first established at the college in 1779 by then Virginia governor Thomas Jefferson
who graduated from W&M in 1762.
The players lost because of the scandal included eight who started on the 1952 team and the two
elected co-captains. Coach Jackie Freeman and the players decided to accept an enormous
challenge and compete against the teams already scheduled for the 1953 season. In the early
1950s William & Mary had an enrollment of only 1,500 students but played some of the best
football teams in the country – Oklahoma, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt, Navy, and Arkansas.
The 1953 schedule was no different and included Navy, Cincinnati and three universities from the
new Atlantic Coast Conference – Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State.
The Iron Indians got off to a surprising start beating Wake Forest 16-14 when the 115-pound walk-
on team manager kicked a 20-yard field goal late in the game. The next week, playing nationally-
ranked Navy in Annapolis, W&M shocked the football world tying the Middies 6-6. The game got
the attention of Life magazine with several pages of coverage, calling it a W&M victory. The team
lost only once in its first seven games.
The motion picture will look at the campus lives of many of the players and how the challenge and
success of the season contributed to their success and achievement in life. It will depict the off-
field scenes of the coaches, players, students and fans in classrooms, dormitories and college
hangouts. It also will feature the traditions, priorities and history of the college. Most of the filming
will be done on the college’s historic campus in Williamsburg, Virginia.
The final scenes will show a special convocation held by the college on December 1953 at the old
Phi Beta Kappa Hall to honor the 24 members of the team. All but two members of the team
graduated and every one had a successful career.
but went on to become the country's most sought-after high school player, an All-American at
West Virginia University, an NBA All-Star with the Los Angeles Lakers, a husband and father of
three daughters, and a Hall of Fame sports announcer.