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Company Behind ‘Nick Saban: Gamechanger’ Producing Auburn Documentary Series

A photo of a screen cap of Auburn legend Kevin Yoxall—I mean Bill Newton—being interviewed for the documentary "Punt, Bama, Punt."

The same folks who somehow made Nick Saban seem less than evil are going to make Auburn players from Bill Newton to Cam Newton seem—somehow—more holy.

Flashlight Media Group, the company that produced Nick Saban: Gamechanger, is currently in production on three separate documentaries on three benchmark Auburn seasons: 1972, 1982, and 2010.

The approximately 45-minute long films are a continuation of the Memphis-based media company’s Defining Moments series—Alabama and Ole Miss have already been covered—and are scheduled to be released as a DVD box set in October.

“We started this project with Auburn maybe a year and a half ago and shot our first interview in the spring of 2010,” said Grant Guffin, a Flashlight partner, producer, and director. “Basically, the concept is that there are these plays, these moments that any Auburn fan knows like the back of their hand, that maybe even have their own name.”

And that can be used to tell the story of an entire season.

The title of the film about the 1972 season (which will likely feature some of these photos)? Punt, Bama, Punt. The 1982 season is being distilled down to some guy named Bo going Over The Top.

Guffin said Title Run, the documentary on 2010, has a double meaning.

“It’s for Auburn’s national championship, but in addition to a heavy focus on the win at Alabama there’s also a nice segment in there that focuses on Cam Newton’s run against LSU that kind of cemented the Heisman Trophy.”

Last week, Guffin flew to Charlotte, N.C. to interview Newton.

“I had a good time with Cam and interviewed him for about two or three hours. As far as 2010 goes, we’ve interviewed Gus Malzahn, Philip Lutzenkirchen, Onterio McCalebb, Michael Dyer,” he said. “The only high-profile person we haven’t interviewed yet, just because of scheduling issues, is Gene Chizik.”

When asked if Flashlight planned to give Chizik the same individual cinematic treatment it gave Nick Saban, Gruffin replied: “You never know.”

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