“White Men Can’t Jump” Star – Cylk Cozart Directs “Ball of Confusion”

Cylk Cozart, Director Debut - Photo by InTempest

Cylk Cozart, Hollywood Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, Songwriter brings it back to the place of his beginning, near the Great Smokey Mountains in East Tennessee, known as “Knoxville, Tennessee”.   Young Calvin “Cylk” Cozart started acting beginning with the childhood story, “The Three Little Pigs”, according to his beautiful, Cherokee Indian Mother, Mrs. Cozart. She knew her son had a special God-given gift.

As Calvin grew, he became a football and basketball star in high school, college and later, the National Basketball Association Entertainment League (NBAE) and the NBA Summer Pro League until an injury sidelined him changing the course of his life.

The sweet memories of college and years later Inducted into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame, received the Larry Smith Award, and set up a Scholarship in honor of his mother, Mrs. Bettie Ruth Cozart – Courtesy of King University

Cylk Cozart playing in the NBA Entertainment League – Courtesy of NBA Entertainment League

Instead of becoming a professional basketball player, he became a professional model with huge billboards across the country (GQ & Sports Illustrated Magazines)

Cylk Cozart’s Billboard Attraction – Courtesy of Cylk Cozart

as well, as acting in over 40 films and 20 TV shows – including the movie the late Basketball Legend, Kobe Bryant told Cylk that was his favorite movie, “White Men Can’t Jump”. By the way, Cylk combined films has grossed over $1 billion to date.

“White Men Can’t Jump” Cast

Now, Mr. Cozart’s life is coming full circle like a basketball, by being a director and producer with many other incentives. He wanted to return home to debut his 14 year development of his documentary movie about the History of Basketball and it’s GLOBAL Impact.

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Cylk Cozart’s Special Introduction in Knoxville, Tennessee with family and friends for his Directing Debut, “Ball of Confusion” Documentary – Photo Courtesy of InTempest

Cylk Cozart enjoying the movie with family – Photo Courtesy of InTempest

“Ball of Confusion” will be released Nationwide in 2020 whether at the movies or in your home.

Cylk has portrayed basketball players; has been THREE TIME 3 Point Shooting Champion for the NBA Entertainment League; and star player in the NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND Celebrity Basketball games. He always gives motivational, inspiring speeches to the youth at his friend, NBA Houston Rockets, Assistant Coach, Elston Turner’s Annual Summer Basketball Camp in our hometown Knoxville.

Elston Turner and Cylk Cozart, two Knoxville, Tennesseans who grew up and the whole world knows their names – Photo Courtesy of Cylk Cozart

Also, he continues to receive numerous awards and gives back from his foundation to make a difference in so many people lives.

On February 20, 2020, the Red Carpet was laid out for Director Cylk Cozart; Executive Producers Keith Zimmerman and Steven Baroue; and Co-Producers Rick Clark and Jim Johnson who presented their private movie premiere in Cylk’s hometown with two SOLD OUT Theaters at the highly, impressive Regal Cinebarre West Town Mall.

Jim Johnson, Video Production & Editor – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

Their brilliant minds brought us “Ball of Confusion”. A film tracing the historical beginning of Dr. James A. Naismith, who created the game of basketball and saw his game in action at the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany in 1936. Through the many exciting years of basketball evolving, it is still uniting social and cultural differences world-wide. To see all those basketball legends on screen was a thriller such as, Oscar Robertson, Rick Barry, Michael Jordan, the Globetrotters, etc. And to see Cylk and others’ chronological experiences for the love of basketball with many surprises is worth seeing.


Michael Presley, son of the Iconic Elvis Presley,  is managed by Cylk Cozart and will be starring in a  Las Vegas Stage Concert, “Elvis Then & Now” – Photo Courtesy of InTempest
 

Everyone who traveled from different parts of the United States and locally were very pleased with the presentation Cylk exhibited on this dynamic, rewarding evening.

Mrs. Josephine Carter, Caroline Tate, Renee Sudderth, Renee Kelly, Toyia Lee Miller (in back) Todd Kelly and Tasha Carter were very impressed with Cylk Cozart’s documentary – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth
Renee Sudderth, Rosemary Hall, Caroline Tate, Mrs. Josephine Carter, Tasha Carter, and Jerry Hall traveled miles to be part of this special evening with Director/Executor Producer, Cylk Cozart – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

After the movie showing, the audience could not wait to converse with each other about the movie and to “Meet and Greet” their hometown hero, Cylk Cozart, in Regal’s luxurious atrium.

Connie Dunn, Kentucky Film Commissioner, Cylk Cozart, Janice Blue Williams (Mother of Chris Blue, Winner of “The Voice” and mentored by Cylk Cozart ) – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

Cylk Cozart and daughter, actress Nikki Estridge – Photo Courtesy of InTempest
Cylk Cozart and his beloved mother, Mrs. Bettie Ruth Cozart with the second sports greatest artifact, the “Berg Ball”, the basketball chosen by Adolf Hitler for the 1936 Championship Olympic game in Berlin, Germany – Photo Courtesy of Intempest

Mrs. Bettie Ruth Cozart and her talented son, Calvin “Cylk” Cozart enjoying this special evening together – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

Cylk Cozart, Mrs. Josephine Carter, Tasha Carter, both said the movie was outstanding, amazing and they enjoyed it – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

Cylk Cozart and Carolina Tate – Mrs. Tate said, “The way Cylk tied everything together in the movie made it more interesting. It shows it’s been a long journey but done with patience and determination with beautiful results. Well Done!!” Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

Cylk Cozart and Rick Clark introduced Cylk’s New Country Road beer along with Brewmaster Marty Velas. The beer was widely accepted by movie goers and now it is served at the Regal Theater.

Mr. and Mrs. Marty Velas, the Brewmaster of Cylk’s New Country Road beer – Photo Courtesy of InTempest

After we left the movie theater, Cylk had more incentives to introduce to his family and friends so we continued the celebration.

Cylk Cozart, the manager of Singer/Songwriter Brazzy Brooks, poses with the great basketball artifact, the “Berg Ball” and later she brought the house down when she performed at the After-Party at Open Chord – Photo Courtesy of InTempest

Cylk introduced us to his tasty BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato) Sandwich or (“SAMITCH” as CYLK says) and Cylk’s Tennessee Blended Whiskey

BLT, Secret Sauce, Country Roads Beer – DVD “BALL of CONFUSION” – GATEWAY Delivery 865.964.3843

Bourbon, which also makes the special sauce for his sandwiches. I guarantee once you try his products you will keep coming back for more.

Cylk Cozart – Photo Courtesy of Rick Clark

I am so thankful for the experience of this beautiful, exciting evening and watching everyone enjoy themselves.

Renee Sudderth, Splash Magazine Photojournalist and hometown native friend congratulating Cylk Cozart for his outstanding directing debut of “Ball of Confusion” that he presented to us and soon to the rest of the world – Photo Courtesy of Renee Sudderth

I am so proud of the humble spirit Mr. Cylk Cozart possesses and how he continues to show his love and passion through his many projects. What he has accomplished thus far is phenomenal. Cylk still has more goals he wishes to achieve, more historical information, many experiences to share, and more movies to direct and produce under CozArts Entertainment. Such as, “The B.B. King Story”; “James Earl Ray”; “Elvis, Then & Now” (starring Elvis Presley’s son, Michael Presley); “The Body Farm” (Horror); and “Inherit The Land”.

Inherit The Land Trailer 2020 – YouTube

After all the excitement, I asked Mr. Cozart how he felt about his “Ball of Confusion” premiere, “I feel relieved, it is finally done. It felt like a baby being born and this was the exciting day for it. I walked in both theaters to watch the people viewing my movie, I felt real happy and proud of my hometown with a great turnout. Also, how my teams contributed to the success and made me feel like I’m leaving something to respect. All the hard work was worth it.”

And for you music lovers, make sure you listen to the movie’s Title Song, “BALL OF CONFUSION” you may just hear the singing voice of not only the great Nate Evans from the Temptations, but also the lead vocalist, Director, Cylk Cozart.

So, make sure you check out his movie, sandwiches, whiskey, and beer in 2020. Cylk is still busy doing what he loves, giving back to the communities, making a difference in this world and enjoying watching his beloved mother smile.

The proudest moment a Mother and Son can share – We thank you both, Mrs. Bettie Ruth Cozart and Cylk Cozart – Photo Courtesy of InTempest

Cylk Cozart’s Career in Rewind

Cylk’s Website for his Foundation is…Keeping Dreams Alive Foundation 

WWW.KDAFOUNDATION.ORG

Cylk Cozart giving his emotional, beautiful speech after being inducted into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame and receiving the Larry Smith Award (November 2019)

Stay updated on Cylk Cozart’s Facebook Page

79 Comments

  1. I was very proud to be invited to see the documentary “Ball of Confusion.” Very enlightening and historical scenes of great Basketball players of yesteryear and to hear the history of the beginning of how basketball began through the Olympics and Hitler’s reactions. This movie is very uplifting and heartwarming at the same time. The ending will cause you to smile, wipe a tear away and make you think and everyone needs to experience it. Thanks Cylk Cozart for bringing this to the big screen and Renee for the invitation. There should be an Award for this documentary in the future.

  2. CAROLINE TATE – March 12, 2020 – Via EMAIL – This is another remarkable article. I was able to be one of the members allowed to attend the preview of “Ball of Confusion.” As we waited for the movie to open, it was with great anticipation as we discussed the premises of the movie. Everyone was greeting each other and talking while several were tasting Mr. Cozart’s New Country Road beer. Mr. Cozart came into the lobby, He seemed delighted to see everyone and began to welcome everybody for attending his preview. His smile was contagious. I was not an athlete but after watching the documentary it allowed me to appreciate the history and value of basketball. Well done!

    • My husband Emmette Bryant and I had the opportunity to see this inspiring film along with the (NBRPA) National Basketball Retired Players Association during their Legends Conference that also included Rick Barry, Earl Monroe, Nate Archibald, Eldridge Recasner, Julius Irving , Major Jones, Bobby Hunter, David Naves, Howard Smith, Geoff Huston, and countless other retired NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters, European Basketball players. It was actually the high point of the evening. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the presentation thank you.

  3. ARETTA HOWARD- March 12, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – He use to make me melt when we were younger! 😀😀😀

  4. MICHAEL JOYCE — March 12, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Of course I see 2 stars in this photo! I applaud you both!

  5. TERRY CROSBY – March 12, 2020- Via FACEBOOK- Great Article Renee Sudderth and Cylk Cozart..can’t wait to see….Ball of Confusion….
    🏀💯💞💯🏀

  6. Larry Clemons BALL OF CONFUSION, shows how BASKETBALL became The Racial Solution ! ” Great Film, ” Amazing Contributors and Directed from the Heart… A Cylk Cozart Film, destin to become as Iconic as WHITE MEN CAN”T JUMP…Ron Shelton is very proud of you Cylk, deservingly so ! 🇺🇸🏀🎼🗽

  7. PROFESSOR MICHAEL EHI MACK AYEWOH – March 12, 2020, Via EMAIL – Excellent piece. Thanks Renee for sharing. Always the very best.

  8. LORAYN DELUCA – March 12, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – So proud of you Cylk Cozart doing what you love💖💯

  9. JEFF JARRETT, March 12, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK- Congratulations, Renee!! You keep getting better and better!🔥

  10. DREW SMALLS – March 12, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Cylk, Keep Dreaming and Winning BRO…Positively,,😎♥️🏀🏀🎸🎤🎬🎬🎬🎧

  11. DOREEN HUDSON ORIST – March 13, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Cylk – Amazing goals and accomplishments. Keep moving Add more LOVE AGAPE love

  12. FRANK A. ROSSI – March 13, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Cylk, great acting in “White Men Can’t Jump”!! And great directing in “Ball of Confusion”!!! 🎥

  13. VIRGINIA “SIP” JACKSON – March 13, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – I loved it . Keep writing those beautiful articles . “Who knew” I didn’t know Cylk was doing all this. So thanks for dropping some great knowledge on me. 👍🏾

  14. JOAN DAVIS – March 13, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Great Article Renee! All this time I didn’t know he was your homeboy!

  15. RUBY J. MANUEL – March 13, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – (The documentary and my article included the Globetrotters so Ms. Manuel writes) – I did a Basket Robbins ice cream commercial with the Harlem Globetrotters in 1995 when Lynette Woodard the first lady Globetrotters came on the scene! My son Jamil is in the Ebony issue with them!….Yep it was a lot of fun eating ice cream all day and hanging out with them!

  16. TASHA CARTER – March 13, 2020 – Via TEXT – Renee, you did an outstanding job on the article and the pictures were beautiful. Thank you for inviting us.

  17. LARRY PATTERSON – March 14, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Cylk, Best person to come out of Knoxville, Keep it coming. Damn proud to know you……….

  18. SHIRLEY A. HARRIS – March 12, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Cylk, I just watched “White Men Can Jump” movie again with my daughter last weekend!

  19. Renée as always you’re slaying this article, so informative! Cylk is a trailblazer and I cannot wait to see the documentary! I watched the YouTube video as he conversed and candidly spoke of his younger days and his beginning of basketball and the upcoming documentary. Thank you so much for all of your dedicated journalism, your expertise in keeping us informed and updated! Appreciate you!

  20. TONI SUDDERTH–March 15, 2020–Great article Renee,–keep up the great work! Cylk has really used his gifts, talents, and abilities; plus, his life experiences to bring numerous projects to life. Keep up the great work and continue to make our hometown proud! Awesome!

  21. Cylk, I love you brother. Renee, I spent 10 years looking for the right person to take the historic content that I possessed on the history of basketball and most of all its ability to bring people together. Cylk and I became best friends and brothers. Cylk became the obvious choices to direct BALL OF CONFUSION. We are very proud to have the opportunity to have REGAL Theaters do the double screening premier in Cylk’s hometown of Knoxville. As Executive Producer, I want to thank Renee and SPLASH MAGAZINE for doing an outstanding job of showcasing this wonderful evening. You have my sincere thanks for a great job.
    Keith Zimmerman
    Executive Producer
    Kansas City

  22. Mr. Keith Zimmerman, thank you so much for your kind and generous comment. Barbara Keer, Editor, Chicago Splash Magazine

  23. VICKEY POWELL – March 16, 2020 – Via EMAIL – Through the years, I have seen several of Cylk’s movies. I certainly remember them more after Renee’s great article spotlighting him. I definitely will support his latest project and I wish him continued success.

  24. BONNIE BRYANT – March 19, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Emmette and I loved “White Men Can’t Jump” as well as “Ball Of Confusion” and Cylk Cozart is actually one of my favorite actors. I’ve followed his acting career for many, many years . My husband and I was very impressed with his basketball skills, he definitely got game. I can’t tell how many times I watched “White Men Can’t Jump” because of the basketball rivalry and skills were absolutely spectacular to watch. By the way, I posted my comments on your article related to “Ball Of Confusion “ which the NBRPA Association had a special presentation arranged for the (NBA) retired players Legends Of Basketball Association what a small world my friend.♥️🏀

  25. Cylk is the man. He’s been a friend for a long time. I wish you all the luck with your new movie. Keep it up.

  26. M.B.- March 20, 2020 – Via Text – Your articles are always nice. You outlined Cylk’s career very well. Keep up the good work.

  27. BONNIE BRYANT (2nd One) – March 20, 2020 – Via EMAIL – My husband Emmette Bryant and I had the opportunity to see this inspiring film along with the (NBRPA) National Basketball Retired Players Association during their Legends Conference that also included Rick Barry, Earl Monroe, Nate Archibald, Eldridge Recasner, Julius Irving , Major Jones, Bobby Hunter, David Naves, Howard Smith, Geoff Huston, and countless other retired NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters, European Basketball players. It was actually the high point of the evening. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the presentation thank you.

  28. ROSE MARY HALL – February 20, 2020 – IN PERSON AFTER THE MOVIE – This documentary made us so well informed. There are old people that don’t know what we’ve learned here today. We need more documentaries like Spike Lee did starting with, “Do The Right Thing”. Cylk’s documentary brought back yester-year players, showed the basketball courts outdoors and how the game became better especially in the inner city. And, we thank the Harlem Globetrotters as ambassadors. All young people need to see this movie and see what basketball meant to have that talent. We have to reach back and Cylk did with this movie.

  29. TAMI PERCELL – February 20, 2020 – IN PERSON AFTER THE MOVIE – I loved the movie and it was really inspiring how Cylk presented it. I love history and hearing the older players tell their history, it got me hook with the knowledge. We have to learn the history. I held tears back talking about Kobe. I grew up watching the Lakers. He was the first celebrity that broke me down. Kobe really touched my heart. Kobe had a look you can’t forget, it was very unique. Everything was so well documented.

  30. JANICE BLUE-WILLIAMS – February 20, 2020 – IN PERSON AFTER THE MOVIE – I loved the movie, it spoke volume, it was priceless and credit is due where Cylk showed the love and passion throughout his movie. I loved the way it was well documented from the past, present, and current players being part of this basketball history.

  31. CHARLOTTE COOK – April 4, 2020 – Good Job Renee!!!Way to look out for Knoxville, Tennessee and it’s bright star.

  32. ELSTON TURNER – April 4, 2020 – Renee, you did a fantastic job! This is a good article and you covered it all! I am so proud of Cylk.

  33. Outstanding job Renee, love this article! Congrats to homeboy Cylk on his many accomplishments…Keep it coming! I will definitely make it a priority to go out (after Covid-19) to support “Ball of Confusion” and his sandwiches. Good things come out of the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains – TENNESSEE

  34. BETTYE LENOIR – April 25, 2020 – This is a wonderful article that I appreciated and really enjoyed. We are so proud of Cylk.

  35. SANFORD MILLER – April 26, 2020 – Via EMAIL – Wonderful article Renee. It was good. Cylk was a big time basketball player here. He could really play that ball when we were growing up so he knows what he’s talking about. I wish he had included those hard fought out scrimmage games at the P.E. Building on UT’s (University of Tennessee) Campus. We really played hard ball there.

  36. TAMI BRILL COOK – July 23, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Cylk, so incredibly proud & excited for you my dear friend. Congratulations on yet another life success! 💜💜

  37. TIFFANY MARIE DELORME – July 23, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Félicitations! I am so proud of you Cylk. This is awesome. You go Bro!

  38. SHERRY CRAWFORD, July 23, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Cylk my “heartfelt” congratulations to you on your well deserved achievement. Wishing you the best on your next adventure!

  39. CATHY ALLEN ROBERTS, July 24, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Cylk, you never cease to amaze us with your incredible talent and new adventures. Keep em coming!❤😘

  40. PENNY WOODS – July 23, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – My, all that cousin Cylk. Love you to the moon and back😘😘

  41. DAVID BRANDON – July 24, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Cylk, the movie was great and I’m looking forward to seeing the new one. 🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀

  42. CHARLENE ALLEN – July 26, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Cylk – Handsome as ever. Handsome Boy and Handsome Man !!!!😊

  43. LORRAINE BENCIVENGO ZIFF – July 26, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Cylk, Fantastic!!! Congratulations! Happy for you!

  44. DEBRA KENEMER – July 26, 2020 – Via FACEBOOK – Cylk, Congratulations. It sounds like the perfect partnership! The love of basketball, the grind and hard work it takes to overcome obstacles, and how sports can help to shape the will and determination of someone. I love all things basketball. Congrats my friend 🙂

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