Coal Bridge

A Black former wrestler leaves it all on the mat in Appalachia

Coal Bridge is a high school sports drama about a young, Black financier who leaves behind a lucrative career in Manhattan for the chance to rebuild a high school wrestling program in an economically depressed, southwestern Virginia coal mining town. Drawing on his past experience as a college wrestler and gifted with an innate ability to see value where others don’t, he will put together a team of raw talent that will challenge the established, competitive programs in the region, while upending the social order in this insular, Appalachian community already struggling with losses brought on by poverty, mental health, and the opioid crisis. Coal Bridge will explore the themes of race, class, and personal sacrifice.

Written by Jon Pineda & Khris Baxter.

Pilot and pitch available upon request.