Grant Hill talks about film 'Coach Buehler Story'

Fri, Apr 22

NEW YORK -- "Can you believe we're showing at the Tribeca Film Festival?"

That's Phoenix Suns forward Grant Hill talking about his documentary "Starting at the Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story," which will appear at a special ESPN screening at the festival Friday night.

"I'm extremely proud of how the movie came out," said Hill, who attended Duke from 1990 to 1994. "I was overwhelmed when I saw the finished product. It was unbelievable how the team came together to make this work."

The pet project by Hill and filmmaker Amy Unell tells the story of Al Buehler, the legendary track coach at Duke, who coached 45 years and was a champion of integration. Buehler's cross-country teams captured six ACC championships and finished second on 10 occasions. Buehler was active in the U.S. Olympic program, serving as coach or manager at the 1972, 1984 and 1988 Games.

"He's a man of character and an amazing teacher," said Hill, who along with Unell took Buehler's History & Issues of Sports class at Duke. "I thought it was an inspiring story that should be told."

Unell started the project, and Hill joined as executive producer and narrator. After the showing today, the movie will be screened at the Newport Beach (Calif.) Film Festival on May 5 and the Atlanta Film Festival on May 6.

"I wanted to do this for the Duke community, and I'm so glad that many other people can see it," Hill said. "I loved and respected the creative process. I have a lot of curiosity when it comes to these things. There are other movie possibilities for me to do out there."

A movie about his championship teams at Duke in 1991 and 1992?

"Well, we'll see."