Bill Couturie may be best known in the film industry for winning an Academy Award for his documentary, “Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt,” and an Emmy Award for another doc, “Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam.”
(Yes, and some may even know, after a Google search, that he was the director on the movie, “Ed,” with Matt LeBlanc and a baseball-playing chimp).
But after seeing his entry into the ESPN “30 for 30” documentary series on the break-neck offensive philosophy simply called “The System” and honed by Paul Westhead — which he made famous at Loyola Marymount in the 1980s and ’90s and took to the WNBA and now women’s college basketball — Couturie will have more sports fans in his corner.
We talked to Bill, a self-proclaimed non-sports junkie, about this project, which breaks loose from the ESPN vault and debuts Saturday on ABC — Channel 7, 2 p.m., just before CBS launches the Final Four.
“Twenty years ago, Loyola Marymount made a remarkable run through the NCAA tournament in the face of great tragedy, said Connor Schell, executive producer, ESPN Films. “In Guru of Go, Bill Couturie has crafted a compelling tribute to the legacy of that team and showcasing the film on ABC during Final Four weekend was an obvious choice.”
== Here’s an interview Bill did with Dennis Miller on “Guru of Go” (linked here)
== Amazon.com has a list of DVDs from the “30 For 30” series for order (linked here)
== More on the documentary via the “30 For 30” website (linked here)