Dear '88 Supporters,
On April 12, The University of Arizona dedicated a statue to Lute Olson outside of McKale Center. Arizona Basketball greats like Damon Stoudamire, Pete Williams, and (beloved '88 Gumby) Matt Muehlebach paid tribute to Coach Olson with heartfelt speeches, and the man himself said a few words of gratitude before witnessing the unveiling of another piece of his legacy. Our film crew was privileged to be front and center on media row for the momentous occasion.
Matt Muehlebach and Coach Olson take turns at the podium. © 2018 Waterfoot Films
To be honest, we arrived at the ceremony disheartened. As you may know, Brad and I hoped to have Wild About '88: The Rise of Arizona Basketball finished in 2017. It was our original goal, and one we spent a lot of time and energy trying to achieve. When we were unable to reach that goal at the end of last year, it was discouraging to say the least.
But as our cameras rolled and that day's all-star cast spoke to the decades of hard work and sacrifice that brought them, Coach Olson, and the Arizona program to that very moment, it was hard not to see a parallel to our own (slightly smaller) endeavor, and be encouraged:
Pete Williams' 84-85 team aimed for a Pac-10 Championship, but missed the mark. Matt Muehlebach and Damon Stoudamire punched for an NCAA title in '88 and '94, but lost the bouts. In each instance they fell a little short of their goal, but in the process laid an incredibly important foundation for future players and teams to come.
It made us realize that while we may have fallen short of our original goal, the foundation we laid with your help and support is just as strong now than it ever was. And there's more good news: we won't run out of eligibility before we reach that ultimate goal! As painful as it was to fall short of our goal last year, we have resolved to move forward, and not look back.
So, we move forward. The long and the short of it is, we need finishing funds to pay for post production services such as editing and sound mixing, and to cover licensing fees related to NCAA archival footage. Our work right now is focused on creating a multi-pronged strategy to raise those funds. New announcements about those campaigns will be coming soon.
We are as committed as ever to making (and finishing) the best darn film we know how. We know that with your help, we will get there, and together we will build a mighty cinematic statue to Coach Olson and the '88 team.
Sean (and Brad)
Co-Directors, Wild About '88
PS - If you'd like to help financially before we unveil our next fundraising campaigns, you can always make a donation using this link.
The filmmakers Brad Malone (left), Sean P. Malone, and crew member Roy Wilkins (right) pose with the statue. © 2018 Waterfoot Films