This year's Coal Bowl XLIII, scheduled for November 1st in Patton, will likely be the final time in the half-century long rivalry that the Cambria Heights Highlanders will play the Northern Cambria Colts in a high school football game, due to scheduling rules changes within the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference that no longer allow for a scheduled game between the districts to be played. Barring a dramatic conference change by either district, a drop to Single A play by Cambria Heights that could lead to a future playoff contest, an unprecedented 11th regular season game, or perhaps a meaningless preseason scrimmage, these two schools will end their rivalry this Friday night, a night where the Colts will chase school victory #300 and a birth in the PIAA District 6-A playoffs after overcoming a 2-4 start. After recovering the Coal Bucket Trophy last year in Coal Bowl XLII, the Colts lead the all-time series at 21-20-1; Cambria Heights, enduring a tough 1-8 season, will look for redemption in Coal Bowl XLIII by tieing the series and retaining the Coal Bucket...forever. The stage is set for a dramatic high school football game.
Jonathan Ryan Films in Pittsburgh, PA is documenting the history of this amazing rivalry in a feature-length documentary film that would capture the essence of this football feud while featuring this last, final Coal Bowl in its entirety.
Coal Bowl: Battle for the Bucket will then commence post-production and work towards a Spring 2014 release.
A project of this magnitude is not easy to make. The teams need help to fund it.
However, we're not just asking for your money; to complete the funding of this project, we've come up with an exciting way to involve you in the making of this film - from exclusive apparel & collectibles to having yourself or your business featured in the movie or even becoming an associate or executive producer of the film, we're using crowdfunding website Indiegogo.com to raise the cash needed to complete this project. Better yet, once funded, completed, premiered and released locally, the film will be submitted to film festivals across the country and we will target a goal of making it available for streaming on Netflix, and a portion of the proceeds from the film will be donated back to both the Northern Cambria and Cambria Heights football programs. Not only do I want to celebrate our history, but I want to help build our futures.
We now invite you to get involved. Please click the link below to learn more about this project and how you can help. For as little as $5-10, you can receive a special thank you in the end credits of the film and/or receive a ticket to one of two premiere screenings this Spring. If everyone in our two communities come together, even by donating just the $5 Coal Bowl 'Backer page, we can fund this project . For those wanting more, we have some unbelievable backer rewards for you as well. You can check them all out here:
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