In celebration of one of collegiate basketball’s most important stories, FilmNC Capital Management proudly presents McGuire’s Miracle. This “new kind of documentary” tells with warmth and originality the story of the iconic basketball coach, Frank McGuire, and the incredible 1956-57 University of North Carolina men’s National Champion basketball season. To provide a Hollywood ending to this magical 32-0 season, the Tar Heels beat a Wilt Chamberlain-led Kansas team for the 1957 NCAA Basketball Championship. The game against the Jayhawks has been noted by many sports historians as “the greatest collegiate basketball game ever played!”

This two hour and 44-minute long film was carefully crafted from a rich archive of video footage, photographs, articles and interviews (including on-camera interviews recently conducted with the surviving ’57 players at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C.). Paying homage to the “golden age of songwriting” ‒ the ‘40s and ‘50s ‒ McGuire’s Miracle includes 140 pieces of music ranging from Great American Songbook standards to ‘50s jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, with some operatic pieces and country music thrown in for spice!

The primary narrator for the film is ESPN sportscaster, Wes Durham, co-anchor of the ACC Network’s weekday television show Packer and Durham. Supporting Durham are four professional voice actors who speak the roles of Frank McGuire; Pat McGuire (Frank’s wife); Harry Gotkin (Frank’s “unofficial” New York City recruiter); and the iconic television sports producer, Castleman D. Chesley.

Storied sports writer, Frank Deford, spoke of the enchantment of this season in a Sports Illustrated article that he aptly titled “A Team That Was Blessed.” Indeed, it was!