Sports films have graced movie screens and televisions for years, but none have been about lacrosse – a game synonymous with the Long Island athletic scene. Things are about to change.
Crooked Arrows is the first feature film about the game and if you liked Remember the Titans or Mighty Ducks then Crooked Arrows is a stone’s throw from being in the same ballpark.
It’s a story about a young Native American man rediscovering his purpose in life by coaching a rag-tag reservation lacrosse team to the local prep championship. Backed by an all-star team of movie folk, who boast 50 feature films to their credit, Crooked Arrows looks to be the next big hit of the sports movie world.
Wondering if the story will work? Don’t worry. All signs are pointing in the right direction. The movie’s Facebook fan page went from 300 to 3,000 fans in a matter of days and people associated with the film are expecting hundreds of thousands to be interested very soon.
“They want to see the sport of lacrosse get to level where it deserves to be,” said Kyle Harrison, a current MLL All-Star on the Denver Outlaws and a former Tewaaraton Trophy and National Champion at Johns Hopkins. “By creating a main stream lacrosse film, the visibility for the sport will only grow, which is clearly a good thing. In the lacrosse world, we’re all very supportive of each other, and I know that once this film is made, the lacrosse world will come out in full force to support it.”
At a time when lacrosse is at an all time high, when people attended the NCAA lacrosse championships by the thousands and when many business publications suggest the game is the fastest growing sport in America, there’s no wonder that a movie about the game with Native American ties will be captivating audiences soon.
J. Todd Harris, one of the producers of the film, who has produced 35 other films in the last 15 years including Bottle Shock and Jeepers Creepers, senses the lacrosse world will rally behind such a film.
“It’s a wonderful story that people both inside and outside lacrosse are going to relate to,” he said. “I recognized lacrosse as a very tightly knit and booming niche.”
Joining Harris on the crew is Sports Studio’s Mark Ellis, who has helped make every major sports film in the last 20 years a thing of beauty (Miracle, Coach Carter, Invincible), as well as director Steve Rash, who is behind a number of films, with a fantastic range from The Buddy Holly Story to the Bring It On sequels.
Harris said more independently financed films are becoming increasingly marketing oriented, which hasn’t been a problem so far for Crooked Arrows since the staff has Reebok on board (so it must be good!), as well as a slew of well-known lacrosse people endorsing the product – everyone from John Tavares to Paul Rabil. It’s also not hard to excite the lacrosse community – if one person is interested they’re all interested.
The intriguing part of the movie process is the chance to invest. For Long Islanders, you still have the opportunity to sink your teeth into the movie business. While utilizing the community that movie affects most, this could be a watershed moment for independent films.
With investment units ranging from $10,000 to $1 million, it’s a unique opportunity to have your name associated with a film that could easily sit on a shelf next to Bend it Like Beckham, which grossed $33 million, or the aforementioned Remember the Titans, which grossed $116 million.
Learn more at CrookedArrowsMovie.com or join the fan page on Facebook and chat about the film with other lacrosse enthusiasts.