Suns' Grant Hill debuts film about Duke coach Al Buehler
By J. Michael Falgoust,
The lights have dimmed on the Phoenix Suns' season. They're four and a half games out of the eighth and final playoff spot with only eight games remaining in their season going into Friday night vs. the Los Angeles Clippers.
By 33 & 3 Productions
Duke track coach Al Buehler, center, is the subject of a documentary by former Blue Devils star Grant Hill. Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, left, knows them both.
Grant Hill, however, has something to look forward to even if the Suns miss the playoffs after advancing to the Western Conference finals a year ago.
Thursday, his film, Starting at the Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story, made its debut at the 11th annual Phoenix Film Festival which runs through April 7.
It's about legendary Duke track coach Al Buehler, also was an inspirational sports history teacher who strongly impacted undergraduates Hill and filmmaker Amy Unell. Buehler not only shaped the sports landscape through three Olympics and 45 years coaching at the school, but he was a champion of integration and women's athletics in the Atlantic Coast Conference long before it became fashionable.
"I hope that audiences will watch Coach's story and feel motivated to celebrate their mentors, teachers, coaches and family," says Unell, who started 33 & 3 Productions with Hill.
Says Buehler: "I'm humbled to see my story on the big screen."
Unell and Hill already are pursuing their next film on Duke's 1991 and '92 national championship men's basketball teams. Hill, now averaging 13.2 points per game and one of the NBA's elite defenders at 38 years old, played on both.