A long awaited documentary film about legendary Fort Worth basketball coach Robert Hughes is just weeks away.
Mike Byars, the creator of the film, is one of Coach Hughes’ former basketball players and has been quietly working on this for more than two years.
Coach Hughes was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017 after a storied career patrolling the sidelines more than three decades. He led teams at I.M. Terrell and Dunbar High Schools to five state basketball championships. He is the all-time winningest high school basketball coach.
The documentary is named “5700 Ramey Ave.,” which is the address of Dunbar HS. The movie chronicles Hughes’ humble rise and accomplishments and the coach recently got a special preview of at his home.
"Coach is still himself, he was laid back watching it, he was really enjoying it. It was a great feeling to hear him tell me it was a job well done,” said
Byars, a Fort Worth-native, is a filmmaker now living in Los Angeles. but in the 1990's he was a star shooting guard for Coach Hughes at Dunbar.
Byars started the project in 2016, traveling the country to learn more and more about the man and his legacy.
"The film sheds some light on that. No matter where you go in the United States as far as basketball's concerned Coach Hughes, he's well recognized,” Byars.
A big red carpet premiere is set for May 2 at the Fort Worth Modern Museum of Art. Coach Bob Hughes, Jr. says the film is a work of art.
"They're going to love it. You'll be right there. I'll be right there, gonna watch it again,” Hughes, Jr. said.
Tickets for the gala event begin selling on Monday. After that, there will be several more showings all at the modern.