Guido Verweyen on Touching HS Basketball Team Story in Crackle’s The Green Wave [Exclusive Interview]

The Green Wave doc directed by Guido Verweyen

The Green Wave doc directed by Guido Verweyen

There are many high school sports teams that had to overcome adversity and challenges. For  Summerville High School in North Carolina, the basketball team in 2008 went on one whirlwind of a season after the sudden death of their coach. Director Guido Verweyen traveled back in time with the documentary The Green Wave to look back with members of the basketball team and town that marked the momentous event.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Directed by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Guido Verweyen (After the Fire, Dance Moms), The Green Wave tells the incredible true comeback story of the Summerville High School basketball team after their coach Louis Mulkey, a dedicated firefighter dies in a catastrophic fire. Mulkey’s legacy continues on today in success stories, including AJ Green, who became an NFL star, and other former players who continue making waves as coaches, fathers, and successful businessmen.

“If it wasn’t for coach Louis, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” stated NFL star AJ Green.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with director Guido Verweyen on tracking down the basketball team and others to discuss their 2008 season. We talked about coach Louis Mulkey, their miracle game, and the effect of his legacy on the entire town.

Guido Verweyen is a graduate of the American Film Institute. He began his career as director of photography on independent features and documentaries such as the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Man on Lincoln’s Nose and Oscar-shortlisted film Sastun – My Apprenticeship With A Maya Healer. In 2011, he directed the documentary After the Fire, based on a Pulitzer Prize Story and New York Times bestseller. He worked on several notable shows, including America’s Next Top Model, NBC’s Starting Over, MTV’s True Life, MTV’s Hillary Duff-This Is Now, Bravo’s Guide to Style, Dance Moms, and Lifetime’s Raising Asia.

The Green Wave is available on Crackle this Friday, October 21.

Watch the exclusive interview with Guido Verweyen below. Let us know what you think of it.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Crackle

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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