Cinema’s latest underdog movie is sure to lure many lacrosse-crazed Baltimoreans. “Crooked Arrows,” which starts filming August 1 in the Boston area, tells the story of Joe Logan (Brandon Routh, Superman Returns), a young Native American trying to modernize his reservation while winning his father’s approval. The perfect way to do both, it turns out, is coaching the reservation’s lacrosse team. Joe leads the boys to success and brotherhood, culminating in a final showdown against rivals at a private school, where they compete for the state title.
In early days, producers faced the perplexing problem of finding actors who could play both lacrosse and convincing roles. This summer, open auditions for “Crooked Arrows” were held in Hempstead, NY, Norwalk, CT, Summit, NJ, and of course, Baltimore. At callbacks in Syracuse and Boston, two teams were selected and former Hopkins lacrosse star Jameson Koesterer and Onondaga native Neal Powless started coaching the ersatz teams this week.
The championship game will be filmed August 13, so lacrosse fanatics interested in roles as extras should consider a trip to Boston next month. Producers promise the appearance of lacrosse “celebrities” (perhaps Ken Clausen? or Connor “Con Bro Chill” Martin?) and other goodies at the end game finale. With sponsors like US Lacrosse, Inside Lacrosse, Reebok and assorted beverage, automotive and apparel partnerships (read product placement), you can bet the freebies will be worth the trip.
The premise of the movie begs a few questions about the state of lacrosse today. The sport originated with Native Americans, but over the decades has practically become a symbol of elitism and exclusivity. “Crooked Arrows” could critically examine this issue of origin versus elaboration. On the cultivated green grass and million-dollar turfs of East Coast prep schools, lacrosse has become a cultural juggernaut, an undeniable force whose influence has spread far beyond the boundaries of the field to play a role in everything from clothing to college choice. Despite all that it has become, lacrosse’s creation came hundreds of years ago on the vast plains of an untouched America. So to whom does the sport really belong? Maybe “Crooked Arrows” will settle the question once and for all.