THE LAST GAME

Campaign to fund the production of a feature-length film detailing the 50-year history of the Northern Cambria-Cambria Heights "Coal Bowl" football rivalry.
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Matt Hoover
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Film
Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania
United States
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Two towns.  Two teams.  One game.


For a half-century, the young men of the Northern Cambria Colts and Cambria Heights Highlanders football programs and their legions of fans have engaged in a struggle to establish who among the neighboring communities reigns supreme on the gridirons of northern Cambria County in western Pennsylvania.  And on November 1st, 2013, this dramatic rivalry comes to an end forever with Coal Bowl XLIII!  

This contest marks the final time, due to conference rules changes, that the two districts' football teams will do battle, and Northern Cambria-native Matt Hoover and Pittsburgh-based Jonathan Ryan Films are embarking on a journey to retell the history, drama, passion and intrigue in a feature-length documentary film, featuring the biggest games, biggest names, and biggest moments in Coal Bowl history!  

Coal Bowl: Battle for the Bucket details this intense high school football rivalry that comes to an end in 2013 - but we can only do it with your help!

We want you, fans & supporters of both Highlander and Colt football to be involved in making this film happen.   For 3 days, from Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 through the night of the big game on Friday, November 1st, Hoover & Jonathan Ryan Films will canvass northern Cambria County to capture the essence of this rivalry with a 5-man film crew.  

What happens after that is dependent upon you!

To fund this film's completion and subsequent release, we need you to invest in the project, and to incentivize you to do so, we've put together an awesome list of packages to the right that you can purchase to help fund the film.  Not only will you be immortalized in history as helping make this monumental film happen, but you'll receive a variety of amazing opportunities and collectibles to remember this rivalry forever!  

What We Need & What You Get

To cover the costs of the filming, post-production, original music score, promotion, and premiere of the project at both Cambria Heights High School and Northern Cambria High School, we've arrived at a budget for this film of approximately $25,000.  As mentioned earlier, Jonathan Ryan Films (www.jonathanryanfilms.com and www.facebook.com/thecinematicexperience) are handling the production of the project, and Jonathan and his crew produce outstanding work.  Here's how it breaks down:

Equipment Rental:  $1,500
5-Person Film Crew (3 days):  $4,500
Editing:  $4,000
Original Music Score:  $2,000
Cost of Incentive Packages (expected):  $4,000
Film Premiere Events:  $4,000
Blu-Ray/DVD Production:  $3,500
Marketing/Website/Graphic Design/Promotion:  $1,500

Filmmaking is no simple hobby.  It takes serious ability and adept filmmakers to construct a high-quality film.  It also takes months of writing, planning, shooting, editing, composing, and delivering the final product.  At the end of the day, the hours far outweigh the dollars, but the work is worth the effort!  

Now, the goods!

We're offering an INSANE selection of unique supporter packages of movie tickets, commemorative magazines, Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Download sets, custom Nike & New Era hats, shirts, and replica jerseys, Riddell & Schutt helmets & mini-helmets, and more, such as the chance to have yourself or your business featured in the film, private, catered VIP screenings, replica "Coal Bucket" trophies, and even Associate and Executive Producer credits!!!  

Details of all of these packages are listed on the right hand side of this page, along with the amount requested for each to back this project.  There's something for everyone to commemorate their involvement in this once-in-a-lifetime project and be immortalized in the film forever!

But $25,000?  That can be considered a lofty goal.  What happens if we don't reach our budget? Where will the money go if we exceed the budget?

These are great questions, and we've got great answers!

First, the budget is modest compared to similar projects of this scope.  We are very fortunate to have found a partner in Jonathan Ryan Films who is passionate about the project and we're stretching every penny we have as far as we can!  

Secondly, if we don't reach our goal in this campaign, that doesn't mean the project dies.  But, it does mean that we have a much more difficult road to try to get the project completed...if we can at all.  

That's why we need your help.  If we fall short, while we get to apply some of the funding we raise to the project, it could lead to it being delayed long-term, which we don't want.  We're shooting for a Spring 2014 release date, and we need you to help us get there!

Lastly, a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to BOTH the Cambria Heights Highlanders and Northern Cambria Colts football programs.  There's nothing more we'd love to do than raise double, triple, or quadruple our goal so that we can help financially support these programs that desperately need funding for stadium, weight room, and equipment upgrades that are long, long overdue.  As some of you know, both districts are working diligently to raise funding for stadium renovations, as both venues are in need of updates - and we'd love to make those happen!

What Happens After It's Funded?

Yes!  The problem we are hoping for!  Actually, it's not a problem at all - as soon as the project is funded, post-production will begin, which can take several months to over a half a year.  At the time, the digital video will be tweaked, spliced, arranged, and matched with archival footage, photographs, digital graphics and more to complete teh story we wish to tell and paired with an all-original score by music composer Jeremy Scott.  

Once completed, the finished film will be screened by the producers, director, and production team, along with executive and associate producers who have contributed to the project.  Once happy with the final result, the film will be produced in Blu-Ray/DVD formats and digitized in HD for digital download and marketed to the public, but not before we GRAND PREMIERE the film at both Cambria Heights High School and Northern Cambria High School!  

These premiere events will be the first time anyone outside of the production team will be able to view the completed film, and will serve as events that celebrate the end of the Coal Bowl rivalry and launch of new eras in both football programs.  At this point, a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to each football program and the movie will be made available to the general public for purchase and/or download, and the film will then be submitted to various film festivals.  Once the film tours the festival circuit, we will push to have it made available for online streaming, specifically through Netflix!  

Other Ways You Can Help

Hey, not everyone is in a financial position to help, and we understand that.  If you fall into that category - we think just about everyone could pitch in $5 or $10 - but still want to help, help us spread the word about this project by telling everyone you know about it!  Share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and wherever else you journey online; tell your friends at work, school, and where you hang out; send it to your email contacts, bring it up at family dinners, share it with your church, and literally tell everyone you know about this film project so that those who are able can find us and contribute.  

Back this Project Today

This unique rivalry deserves to be retold and relived for years to come, and we can provide the medium with which we do that...but only with your support.

Pick your Coal Bowl package on the right of this page today, and please "Like" our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/coalbowlmovie and Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/coalbowlmovie.  Stay tuned for updates, including photos from the shoot, an all-new Coal Bowl logo, package details, and an exclusive teaser trailer and support this project!  

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  • $5USD
    Coal Bowl 'Backer

    By becoming a Coal Bowl 'Backer, your name will be listed in the closing credits of the film as a contributor and you'll get a special shout-out on our Facebook page as well as a special thank you Tweet, a "History of the Coal Bowl" desktop wallpaper, email updates of the film's progress, and an exclusive sneak peak at the film's trailer a week before the trailer's release to the public.

    1 out of 1000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $10USD
    Film Premiere Package

    All Coal Bowl 'Backer rewards, PLUS (1) ticket to the film's premiere at your choice of the Northern Cambria or Cambria Heights location.

    0 out of 1000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $15USD
    Coal Bowl Magazine

    All Cowl Bowl 'Backer rewards, PLUS the deluxe "History of the Coal Bowl" magazine detailing the history of the Coal Bowl with photos, interviews, past game results, stats and more!

    4 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $25USD
    Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Download

    Blu-Ray edition of the film (includes special features), plus the DVD & HD Digital Download.

    5 out of 1000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $35USD
    Coal Bowl Hat Package

    An exclusive, limited edition "Coal Bowl: Battle for the Bucket" New Era 3930 or 5950 hat (your choice), customized with your school's logo & colors with the "Coal Bowl" logo patch embroidered on the hat.

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $40USD
    Cowl Bowl Mini Helmet

    (1) deluxe Riddell Revolution Speed Mini Helmet, in your team's colors, complete with your team's logo on one side, the "Coal Bowl" logo on the other side, and your graduation year or jersey number on the back.

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $50USD
    Coal Bowl T-Shirt Package

    An exclusive, limited edition "Coal Bowl: Battle for the Bucket" Nike Legend Short-Sleeve or Long-Sleeve T-shirt (your choice) in your school's colors with your school logo and the "Coal Bowl" logo on the sleeve.

    2 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $60USD
    Cowl Bowl Mini Helmet Package

    Both deluxe Northern Cambria Colts and Cambria Heights Highlanders Riddell Revolution Speed Mini Helmets, complete with each team's logo on one side, the "Coal Bowl" logo on the other side, and your graduation year or jersey number on the back.

    1 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $75USD
    Coal Bowl Apparel Package

    Buy both the "Coal Bowl: Battle for the Bucketl" New Era hat and Nike Legend T-Shirt and save $10!

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $100USD
    Coal Bowl Apparel/Mini Helmet

    (1) each of the New Era hat, Nike Legend T-Shirt, and Riddell Mini Helmet in the team of your choice!

    2 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $175USD
    Cowl Bowl Elite Package

    The best value in this campaign! Includes (2) tickets to the Premiere event of your choice, the "Coal Bowl: Battle for the Bucket" Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Download set, the "History of the Coal Bowl" commemorative magazine, (1) New Era Coal Bowl Hat, (1) Nike Coal Bowl Legend T-shirt, and (1) deluxe Riddell Revolution Speed Mini helmet. Add an additional $25 to receive both mini helmets!

    0 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $200USD
    CBXLIII Custom Jersey

    A custom Nike Pro Combat Speed jersey, just like they wear in the NFL, in your team colors, with a special "Coal Bowl" patch and your name & number in sewn-on tackle-twill. Also includes all Film Premiere Package rewards! Limited to 25 jerseys!

    0 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $250USD
    Custom Action Figure!

    Custom 6" McFarlane Sportspicks figure customized to create an exact replica of any past or current Colt or Highlander in uniform, artfully crafted by PTRAC Customs, in either home or away uniform. A multitude of custom poses are available. Finished figure can even be modeled after an existing photo! Also includes all Film Premiere Package rewards! Limited to 25!

    0 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $500USD
    Coal Bowl Helmet Package

    (1) custom Schutt Vengeance DCT matte black, gloss black, or gloss gold Northern Cambria or matte red, gloss red, or gloss Columbia blue Cambria Heights helmet, with custom school logos and your personal jersey or graduation number. Special "History of the Coal Bowl" decal on the back of the helmet. Also includes Film Premiere Package rewards!

    0 out of 12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $500USD
    Individual/Business Film Role

    Here's your chance to be on-screen in this movie! Do you have a Coal Bowl story to tell? Do you want the world to know something about this rivalry, or just want to be immortalized in this film forever? Don't just watch the story...be a part of it! You or your business will be featured in the film, along with receiving a special thank you in the movie's end credits.

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Coal Bowl Captain Package

    Great value! Includes an appearance in the film, everything in the Coal Bowl Elite Package, plus (1) custom Northern Cambria or Cambria Heights Nike Pro Combat Speed jersey OR (1) Schutt Vengeance helmet and access for 2 to the private VIP Screening & After Party! Also includes Film Premiere Package rewards, with an additional 5 tickets to the regular premiere event of your choice!

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $2,500USD
    Coal Bowl Champion Package

    Includes everything in the Coal Bowl Captain Package, but gives you BOTH custom Northern Cambria & Cambria Heights jerseys and helmets, both mini helmets, access for 4 to the private VIP Screening & After Party, and an exclusive REPLICA COAL BUCKET TROPHY!

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $5,000USD
    Coal Bowl Legend Package

    Includes everything in the Coal Bowl Champion Package, plus a custom action figure, the exclusive replica Coal Bucket Trophy, and access for 10 to the private VIP Screening & After Party, and 1 of 4 ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credits for the film!

    0 out of 4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $10,000USD
    Coal Bowl MVP Package

    Includes everything in the Coal Bowl Legend Package, but gives you access for 25 to the private VIP Screening & After Party, and 1 of 3 EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credits for the film!

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
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