PROVO "An Off-Court Story: The Life of Kresimir Cosic," a documentary about the Brigham Young University basketball legend, will premiere Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Varsity Theater.
The film was produced by Lindsey Blumell while she was a broadcast journalism student at BYU. Blumell served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Croatia, where she was impressed with Cosic's legacy and association with the church almost a decade after he died.
The documentary outlines Cosic's exemplary life through the eyes of those who knew him best. The film incorporates interviews with Cosic's family and friends, including his wife, Ljerka Cosic; his daughter, Ana Cosic; his mother, Darenka Cosic; President Thomas S. Monson of the First Presidency of the LDS Church; church scholars Ann and Truman Madsen; Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; and Gordan Giricek, who plays for the Utah Jazz.
During his career at BYU, the Croatian native was named all-conference three consecutive years, named to five All-American teams and set several BYU and WAC career records. He eventually earned a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
When Cosic graduated, he was drafted by the NBA but decided not to play, giving up millions of dollars and returned home to Croatia instead.
He played in four Olympic Games and led his team to the gold medal in 1980. Having been baptized a member of the LDS Church while he was at BYU, Cosic was the first member of the LDS Church in Communist Croatia. He translated the Book of Mormon into Croatian.
When Croatia declared its independence in 1991, Cosic worked as deputy ambassador in the Croatian embassy in Washington, D.C. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and died in 1995 when he was 46.
The documentary will air on KBYU TV in January. For more information, visit kbyutv.org.