The 1966 victory of the Texas Western Miners over the Kentucky Wildcats at the NCAA Basketball Championship has inspired people to write books and make movies about the historic win.
In 2002, Cotton Productions, UTEP’s video production company, created the 45-minute documentary, “And the Wheels Turned, the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship.”
The film won 2nd place in the Beaumont SpinFest Film Festival, 3rd place in the National Broadcasters Education Association Competition, and 1st place at the Chamizal Film Festival.
Cotton Productions was “accidentally” started by faculty member Carolyn Mitchell, Leon de la Rosa, and former Miner place kicker Ola Kimrin. Kimrin wanted to make a video about a day in the life of a UTEP senior football player.
The award-winning documentary “And the Wheels Turned” will screen this Spring at the Centennial Museum & Welcome Center as part of the UTEP Centennial Celebration.
Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.