January 13, 2012

First Look: 'Crooked Arrows' Movie Trailer

The clip debuted Friday night at the US Lacrosse National Convention

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | Convention Blog | updated 01.14.12 at 4.30 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA -- US Lacrosse National Convention attendees got the first look Friday night at the trailer for "Crooked Arrows," the upcoming lacrosse feature film. Prior to the convention's keynote address by ESPN NFL analyst and former Philadelphia Eagles player Herm Edwards, fans were treated to the clip shown in a packed ballroom at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Take a look at the trailer below:

(Did you happen to catch the voiceover by ESPN play-by-play voice Sean McDonough?)

Lead actor Brandon Routh and the movie's production team were in attendance for the trailer's world premiere. And on Saturday, Routh stopped by the "Crooked Arrows" booth during Fan Fest for a meet and greet and to sign autographs. Afterward, Routh, producers J. Todd Harris, Mitchell Peck and Neal Powless held a press conference during which they answered a variety of questions and provided insight into the movie-making process and plans for the film going forward.

"I'm really proud of the movie," Peck said. "We saw the first cut of it a couple nights ago. We've got a good movie. I think it's going to make a lot of people proud in the Native American world and the lacrosse world and hopefully across popular culture."

Routh ("Superman Returns") plays the role of coach Joe Logan, the leader of a reservation lacrosse team that competes against better trained teams from the prep school ranks. It's an underdog story that Peck said can appeal to a wide variety of demographics.

Powless, who in 2002 with the Iroquois Nationals became the first Native American named to the All World team, joined the production team before shooting began. The producers said Powless played an integral role in expanding the movie's legitimacy in the Native American community, Onondaga specifically, in that their culture, identity and tradition would be accurately represented. The role falls in line with Powless' full-time job as assistant director of the Native Student Program at Syracuse University.

"To connect native identity to lacrosse in a movie and have a chance to input a lot of the native culture and heritage from my perspective is a mission that I took for myself, to really do the best I could. I'm really excited about the movie," Powless said. "The native identity part is going to be covered respectfully."

"Of the 40 movies I've made, this is the only one that started and ended with a tobacco burning," Harris said.

Movie release dates and locations have not been announced, but the film's producers are working on distribution deals ongoing.

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