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McGuire’s Miracle Documentary

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It is with pleasure that FilmNC Capital Management, LLC, in conjunction with its subsidiary company, McGuire’s Miracle Productions, LLC, announces the production of an award-caliber documentary production entitled McGuire’s Miracle. Positioned for television broadcast and to be made available on DVD for purchase by the general public, this definitive 60th anniversary production is centered around the miraculous events and colorful characters that fueled one of the most storied collegiate sports seasons ever - that of the undefeated 1957 University of North Carolina men’s National Champion basketball team. Set against the charming backdrop of the beautiful UNC-Chapel Hill campus, this original documentary film presentation will chronicle the character-rich story of the men who coached and played the games when Tar Heel basketball came of age.

The opportunity for Tar Heel alumni, fans and supporters to be a part of McGuire’s Miracle is available through several levels of financial contribution to the production. All donors will receive an on-screen name credit and will receive a 24x36 inch advance poster, a DVD copy of the documentary and a copy of the book, The Best Game Ever - How Frank McGuire's '57 Tar Heels Beat Wilt and Revolutionized College Basketball based on the amount of donation. Further information is available on-line by visiting: http://www.mcguiresmiracle.com/contribute/.

“McGuire’s Miracle” Documentary Seven-Minute Sizzle Reel

This magical story - told through compelling narration, insightful interviews, and an abundant cornucopia of rare video footage and still photos - skillfully captures a dapper and dashing new UNC coach, Frank McGuire, and his unlikely crew of players, the latter of whom made their bones on the storied high school and recreational courts of the New York City metropolitan area. These players, that included standouts Lennie Rosenbluth, Joe Quigg, Bob Cunningham, Pete Brennan, Tommy Kearns and Bob Young, were the best that New York had to offer. With their bags packed, these players traveled on what came to be known as McGuire’s famed north-to-south “Underground Railroad” to the destination small-town Chapel Hill campus.

The humor and drama of the story will be showcased against the texture of early rock ‘n’ roll music joined by popular musical standards and jazz of the ‘50s as these “big city” coaches and players blend into a seemingly foreign land. Within the story, viewers will become acquainted with the “backstory” of this special season, as the many southern “characters” and personalities provide depth and insight into this magical tale. All of these elements will come seamlessly together, culminating with the 32-0 Tar Heels beating the Wilt Chamberlain-led Kansas Jayhawks in triple overtime in the NCAA championship title game. Many sports historians concur that this was the best collegiate basketball game ever played.

1957 UNC Basketball Team Photo

In a letter of support of the documentary, UNC Head Basketball Coach Roy Williams has stated the following:

"It is my pleasure to express my wholehearted support for McGuire's Miracle, the documentary film currently being produced by FilmNC Capital Management, LLC that tells the amazing story of the University of North Carolina's 1957 men's National Champion basketball season. As 2017 will mark the 60th anniversary of this magical team’s watershed accomplishment, the telling of this story on film could not be told at a better time.

Of further importance to college basketball fans everywhere, this extraordinary season and, in particular, the astonishing 1957 NCAA tournament, were instrumental in ushering in the television era for collegiate basketball. In great part, because of this miraculous Tar Heel season, fans across the country are able to regularly experience through highly professionally produced television broadcasts the joy and exhilaration that is collegiate basketball."

UNC 1957 National Champions

Of the production, McGuire’s Miracle Executive Producer, Jeb Stuart, a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate (B.A. 1978; M.A. 1983) and screenwriter of the blockbuster movies, The Fugitive and Die Hard, states the following:

"As a motion picture and television screenwriter, producer and director for over thirty years, with projects and credits that have grossed over two billion dollars worldwide, I have been pitched an enormous number of “can’t miss” projects. But when producer, Stephanie Pace, head of FilmNC Capital Management approached me with the idea of a film project centered in the University of North Carolina’s miraculous 1957 basketball season, I knew what she had was more than an excellent story.

Great film and television projects require the right combination of character and tale. All great movies that deal with sports actually derive their power from something else: they are first and foremost, human dramas. A powerful narrative without characters of equal stature will leave an audience emotionless and unengaged, McGuire’s Miracle is one of those rare projects that combine a nearly impossible goal with a cast of memorable and heartfelt characters, and led by an unforgettable protagonist, Frank McGuire, the team’s enigmatic coach."

UNC Basketball Players Defend Wilt Chamberlain

Stuart continues by saying:

While a successful film starts with a great script it doesn’t end there and to that end, Ms. Pace has assembled an incredible team of inspired filmmakers to lend their skills to this powerful project. Having had the pleasure of working with her for the last three years I can attest that her enthusiasm is rivaled only by her marketing and business acumen. She has also thoughtfully positioned this wonderful tale to take advantage of its upcoming 60th anniversary of this season. Also, with the burgeoning entertainment market for quality content, responsibly produced, McGuire’s Miracle has the potential to be a story that is enjoyed for generations to come!"

Plans are to have the one-hour film market-ready for television broadcast and DVD release this year. In particular, sports films - both documentary and fiction - consistently attract impressive numbers of television fans and viewers and commercial spots within these broadcasts are highly coveted by advertisers.

1957 UNC Champions Arrive Home

To the objective of a sterling production, FilmNC Capital Management has assembled a “McGuire’s Miracle Board of Advisors” that includes (in alphabetical order):

  • James G. “Jim” Exum, Jr. (former Chief Justice, North Carolina Supreme Court)
  • Linda Elfmon Fleishman (wife of Joel Fleishman, student manager of the ’57 team)
  • James R. (“Bud”) Harper (Cardiologist and former UNC School of Medicine Associate Dean for Medical Alumni Affairs)
  • Luther H. Hodges, Jr. (former Chairman of the Board, North Carolina National Bank (now Bank of America); former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Washington Bancorporation; and former Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary, U. S. Department of Commerce)
  • Joe Quigg (Dentist, ’57 team player and former New York Knicks player)
  • Lennie Rosenbluth (public speaker, Captain of the ’57 team and 1957 National Collegiate Basketball Player of the Year); and Bob Young (former Publisher and Vice President, The New Yorker magazine and ’57 team player)

Specifically, contributions to the production can be made by credit card and Pay Pal through the McGuire’s Miracle donor website and may be made at the following levels:

$35 - Starting Five Level. A McGuire’s Miracle 24x36 inch full-color advance poster.

$55 - ACC Tournament Level. A DVD copy of the documentary and a McGuire’s Miracle 24x36 inch full-color advance poster.

$100 - Final Four Level. (1.) A DVD copy of the documentary and (2.) a McGuire’s Miracle 24x36 inch full-color advance poster, signed by 1957 team captain, Lennie Rosenbluth.

$250 - National Championship Level. (1.) A DVD copy of the documentary, (2.) the McGuire’s Miracle 24x36 inch full-color advance poster and (3.) a copy of The Best Game Ever: How Frank McGuire’s ’57 Tar Heels Beat Wilt and Revolutionized College Basketball by Adam Lucas and signed by 1957 team captain, Lennie Rosenbluth.

$5,000 - Player of the Year, Executive Producer Investment Opportunity Level. Investment opportunity at this level is available in McGuire's Miracle and these investors will receive prominent Executive Producer on-screen (at the opening credits of the film) and off-screen credit. These investments are made through a Private Placement Memorandum and more information regarding this option can be obtained by contacting McGuire’s Miracle Producer, Stephanie Pace or Associate Producer for Finance, Tim Hubbard at the telephone numbers and email addresses listed below.

For further information regarding donations or Executive Producer Level investment, please contact McGuire’s Miracle Producer, Stephanie Pace (919/260-2380; email stephaniepace@filmnccapitalmanagement.com) or Associate Producer for Finance, Tim Hubbard (919-357-2302; email tim.hubbard@filmnccapitalmanagement.com).

In the closing statement in his McGuire’s Miracle supporting letter, Coach Williams states:

"In gratitude to Coach McGuire, the ‘57 players, and all others associated with this phenomenal team, I look forward to providing whatever assistance I might to the production’s success. Most certainly, I also look forward to seeing the film that tells the story of the legendary Frank McGuire’s true “miracle” and of a very special team that laid the firm foundation for the collegiate basketball powerhouse status that UNC enjoys today.

So, in closing, thank you Coach McGuire, thank you ‘57 players and thank you FilmNC Capital Management. Combined, you’ve again created a winning team!"

Please visit the production’s dedicated website and Facebook page.

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