A third recent movie — and second documentary — featuring high school football will premiere next week, this one called "Give Us This Day."
The movie centers around the 2012 season of perennial Northern California power Grant (Sacramento, Calif.)
, which is centered in the rough neighborhood of Del Paso Heights.
The team, which won a CIF State Division I championship in 2008 and is coached by one of the state's most successful coaches in Mike Alberghini, was on course to miss the playoffs in 2012 before tragedy struck, the alleged murder by assistant coach Ed Coleman of his girlfriend and his own alleged suicide. The movie
was gritty enough, featuring the pitfalls and obstacles many inner-city schools and teams face. But the act of violence took the documentary into an entirely different path. Much like Grant's season.
Especially so because the filmmakers had befriended Coleman, who they said was a role model to many of the players before his death.
"We knew this could change the trajectory of the story of the season in a big way," co-director D.L. Stern told the Sacramento Bee
. "The people who knew Ed could not believe that could ever happen, because they knew what kind of person he was. We were filmmakers – we had to stay objective – but we had grown to love him, and could not imagine it."
The documentary, which is also co-directed by Adam Stern (the brother of D.L.) and Milton Boyd, premieres Monday at the Newport Beach Film Festival and Wednesday as part of the Sacramento International Film Festival. See feature on Grant coach Mike Alberghini
It comes on the heels of a trailer and release date of Aug. 22 for the Hollywood production of "When the Game Stands Tall" — the De La Salle football movie
. Earlier this week and 12 days following the De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
movie news, came the announcement of another prep football release, a documentary called "We Could Be King," the story of two rival
schools from Philadelphia — Germantown
and Martin Luther King
— merging together due to budget cuts.
"We Could Be King" will premiere Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival