NBA legend John Starks returns to Tulsa for documentary film screening at Circle Cinema

Tulsa, Oklahoma.– Circle Cinema will host NBA legend and Tulsa native John Starks with JD3TV president and award-winning producer Leigh Simons for screenings of new documentary “Keep Shooting: The John Starks Story” as part of the 2021 Circle Cinema Film Festival presented by JD3TV.

The film will screen Thursday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m. with a post-film Q&A from Starks and Simons. A second screening will take place on Friday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m. with an introduction by Starks and Simons.

“Keep Shooting: The John Starks Story” traces his rise through his early days at Central High School and Oklahoma State University to a legendary run with the New York Knicks in the 90s. game smashing seven losses in the 1993 NBA Finals to All-Star highs and winning the Sixth Man of the Year award, Starks made Tulsa proud of his success on the court and his phenomenal philanthropy off the pitch. through the John Starks Foundation.

About the movie

The film documents the unlikely emergence of one of the greatest players in NY Knick history, John Starks. As a young man, Starks went from bagging groceries at a Safeway grocery store in Tulsa for minimum wage to working his way through the NBA as an undrafted rookie with minimal playing experience at the high school and university. “The Dunk,” Starks’ groundbreaking southpaw slam against Michael Jordan and Horace Grant in a 1993 playoff game against the Chicago Bulls, remains one of the most memorable moments in NBA history to this day.

“It’s crazy, but life is a lot like a basketball game. You can be this close to having it all and losing it all in the blink of an eye,” Starks said. “When you’re at your lowest point, that’s when the most strength is needed. That’s when the most important decisions are made: should you hold back and be content, or should you you get up, dust yourself off, get the ball back in your hands and keep shooting?”

In Game 6 of the 1994 NBA Finals, Starks scored 16 fourth quarter points to try to lead the Knicks to a win from behind against the Houston Rockets and hand the Big Apple their first NBA championship in 23 years. Hakeem Olajuwon blocked his attempt, closing Starks’ claim to NBA and NY Knick immortality in the final seconds. Following that hair loss, in Game 7 he suffered the worst game of his career, shooting 2-18, and the Rockets won the championship.

A legendary career

Despite the loss, Starks’ career was exemplary. With an NBA 3-point shooting record and an NBA All-Star, he bounced back from the 1994 playoffs to earn the heralded Sixth Man of the Year and be named to the NBA’s Second Defensive Team. He was forever etched in the minds of New York City fans for his fiery personality, mental and physical toughness, and dominant perimeter shot. Starks was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2011 and now works for the NY Knicks as an ambassador.

Decades later, Starks returns to the scene of the worst moment of his career at the former home of the Houston Rockets, the peak that has now become Lakeview Church, and visits pastor Joel Osteen. Starks and Osteen shoot hoops together as they discuss how the worst moment in Starks’ career pushed him to soar even higher in the years that followed.

Festival presented by JD3TV

JD3TV ( is a new global streaming platform that aims to transform lives through quality, impactful programming that inspires and entertains audiences around the world. Movies, talk shows, exclusive original shorts and feature films, short content and documentaries. Founded by world renowned speaker, transformational life coach and legendary entrepreneur, Dr. James Dentley, the company’s intent is to be disruptive, pioneering, educational and entertaining.

“Having the opportunity to screen ‘Keep Shooting’ in Tulsa and share the experience of John’s life journey with the city he grew up in is very rewarding and meaningful,” Simons said. As president of JD3TV, Simons will also host a movie distribution forum titled “If You Have a Show, We Want to Know About It.” Tulsa filmmakers are invited to attend Thursday, July 15 at 1:30 p.m. to learn how movies and original shows can be greenlit for global distribution on JD3TV.

Circle Cinema Programmer Chuck Foxen added, “We are honored to welcome John Starks to Tulsa with producer Leigh Simons. The documentary is an incredible showcase of John’s drive, determination and approach, something that can inspire all Tulsans.

General admission tickets are $20, with a limited number of VIP tickets available for $1,000. VIP tickets include a private red carpet reception on Thursday, July 15, admission to either screening, and an exclusive four-course lunch with Starks and Simons at the Polo Grill on Friday, July 16. Tickets are available at

The Circle Cinema Film Festival presented by JD3TV will run from Thursday July 15th to Sunday July 18th. For more festival information, including additional film screenings, times and tickets, visit or call the box office at 918.585.3456.