'We Could Be King': Bitter Rivals, Budget Cuts (Video)

'We Could Be King' is a new feature documentary directed by two-time Emmy nominated director Judd Ehrlich (Magic Camp), tells the riveting true story of two rival Philadelphia high schools - Martin Luther King High School and Germantown High - forced to merge due to budget cuts.

The film, produced by Tribeca Digital Studios in association with the DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation, follows the team's young, rookie coach and the school's new principal as they fight to overcome insurmountable odds and inspire their young players to come together and lift each other toward a better future.

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Against the backdrop of a city in upheaval, We Could Be King follows a cast of unforgettable characters through an improbable football season.

Germantown and Martin Luther King High Schools were bitter rivals for over 40 years. This past year, a budget crisis caused Philadelphia to lay off over 4000 employees and close 37 schools, including Germantown High. Now Germantown must merge with their former rival, King. Against overwhelming odds, a 27-year old first time head coach and a new principal fight to inspire young men from difficult circumstances to come together and lift each other toward a better future.

Two-time Emmy nominated director Judd Ehrlich uses an intimate, unflinching lens to tell a story much larger than the Martin Luther King Cougars. As the threat of more drastic budget cuts and the loss of funding for athletics looms large, We Could Be King examines the crisis of education in urban America, and celebrates the power of sports to bring young people, neighborhoods, and a city together.

WE COULD BE KING will air on ESPN2 on April 26th, and will become available on Video On Demand and your favorite digital distributors (iTunes, Amazon etc) in Summer 2014.

We Could Be King Trailer

Director: Judd Ehrlich
Distributor: Tribeca Film
Run time: 75 minutes
Rating: Not Rated

Source: We Could Be King

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