Published on December 17, 2011 by Amy
The game of lacrosse was, of course, invented by the Six Nations tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy: the Oneida, Mohawk, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora. Crooked Arrows will be the first film ever to showcase the game invented by these tribes, now widely played by male and female athletes of all backgrounds all over the U.S.
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Today, we’re very happy to showcase and announce the talented Native American lacrosse athletes that will be featured in Crooked Arrows as our hero team.
The players that will make up the Crooked Arrows team are: Aaron Printup, Tuscarora; Shaye Thomas, Onondaga; Alex Cook, Mohawk; James Bissell, Tuscarora; Emmitt Printup, Tuscarora; Ty Thompson, Mohawk. Tyler Hill, Mohawk; Derek Bennett, Onondaga; Orris Edwards, Onondaga; Miles Thompson, Onondaga; Lyle Thompson, Onondaga; Cree Cathers, Onondaga; Michael Hudson, Mohawk.
Crooked Arrows Co-Producer Ernie Stevens III of the Oneida tribe will be coordinating the movie’s Native American community marketing, publicity and philanthropy outreach programs.
In preparation for the production, which will be shooting this August in the Boston area, the actors are currently undergoing a demanding lacrosse training program under the supervision of veteran sports coordinator Mark Ellis of Sports Studio (Miracle, Invincible) and three-time All-American and former Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team star Neal Powless of the Onondaga Nation. “It’s great to be a part of a movie that introduces not only lacrosse, but the beauty of the rich tradition it represents to Native people”, states Powless.
“This movie is meant to celebrate this great sport and its proud Native American origins,” adds veteran producer film producer J. Todd Harris, who is producing the film with Mitchell Peck. “We hope that our film will not only appeal to existing lacrosse fans, but will inspire a new generation of lacrosse enthusiasts to understand the sport’s history and significance”.
A mixed-blood Native American, Joe Logan, eager to modernize his reservation, must first prove himself to his father, the traditionalist Tribal Chairman, by rediscovering his spirit. He is tasked with coaching the reservation’s high school lacrosse team which competes against the better equipped and better trained players of the elite Prep School League.
Joe inspires the Native American boys and teaches them the true meaning of tribal pride. Ignited by their heritage and believing in their new-found potential, coach and team climb an uphill battle to the state championship finals against their privileged prep school rivals…will they win?
Crooked Arrows is modeled upon the consistently successful underdog sports movie popularized by Mighty Ducks, Bad News Bears, Hoosiers, and Bend It Like Beckham–set in the fresh, contemporary worlds of Native American reservations, prep schools, and lacrosse…