Saving Westbrook High - UP Premiere Movie
Premiere: Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 7 P.M. EST
Manny Cortez (Esai Morales) has scrimped and saved to buy a two-bedroom home for his family – wife Teresa (Adyana de la Torre) and daughters Selena (Julianne Cabrera), 14, and Gabriela (Bianca Red Arrow), 12 – so that the girls can attend Westbrook High where his beloved late father was the basketball coach. Westbrook High is one of the top schools in the state, known for its extraordinary teachers and parent involvement. No sooner does the Cortez family move into the suburban school district, than the local school board announces that Westbrook High will close at the end of the year and be consolidated into a new, “super-school” to save money. This isn’t doing down without a fight. Charismatic English literature teacher Elijah Bennett (Coby Ryan McClaughlin) leads the staff, including devoted drama teacher Doris Howell (Loretta Devine), history teacher Sara Davies (Clare Carey), chemistry teacher Boomer Joseph (Brian Lafontaine) and Assistant Principal Robert Melville (GregAlan Williams). They soon meet the new principal, Dr. Christine Walker (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), who has very different views on education and the value of protesting the school board’s decision. Years ago, Elijah and Christine were close as Westbrook High students, and despite their differences now, a bond and some sparks remain. Perhaps the most passionate about saving the school are the students, especially shy and insecure Jasper (Adrian Kali Turner) who emerges as a leader. Selena joins the cause and learns why her father is so passionate about this school, her grandfather and her education. In the end, they all discover the value of family, community and finding a place where you truly belong and uniting to fight for the right cause.