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In shock and denial over his Marine father’s death overseas, high school lacrosse star Conor Sullivan starts acting out in self-destructive ways until he is kicked off the team and sent to a wilderness lacrosse camp run by his dad’s Native-American combat buddy (Adam Beach). With support from his new love (Ashley Greene), Conor embraces the game’s deeper roots and opens his eyes to the true meaning of sportsmanship and life.
Though the film is at its core a romantic story of triumph over adversity, it also focuses on the growing sport of lacrosse and contains fantastic sports-action sequences. Kellan Lutz and co-star Chord Overstreet (best known as Sam Evans on “Glee”), undertook arduous training in order to star as champion lacrosse players. Major League Lacrosse has recognized “A Warrior’s Heart” as the first film to use the sport (and its Native-American origins) as not only a backdrop, but as the character-building game that lacrosse fans have identified with for years.
“This is a movie the whole family can watch together,” said producer Istock. “It’s a date movie, a feel good movie, and a sports movie… fans of Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene will be especially delighted.”
Lacrosse Movies: The First Film To Feature The “Exciting Sport Of Lacrosse”, “A Warrior’s Heart” Will Be Released On DVD Feb 7, 2012 (Video)
Lacrosse Movies: “A Warrior’s Heart” Starring Kellan Lutz Was Written And Produced By Trustees, Parents And Coaches From JSerra Catholic High School In Orange County, CA
“… it was born in the athletics department of JSerra Catholic High School. Cross country coach Martin Dugard penned the script with help from a lacrosse parent, John Yount. The film’s lacrosse expert, Kyle Harrison, would become the school’s lacrosse coach. Some team parents had even helped to create the preliminary trailer for the film…”
With some help from friends at the film school at Chapman University, Spizzirri, Dugard and their investors started a production company. They named it “Family Productions.”
Filming began in the spring of 2008 and by fall, almost every other investor besides Spizzirri had left the venture.
In October 2008, a muscular young actor auditioned for the lead role, fresh off the set of a movie called “Twilight.” Lutz got the part, and enlisted another “Twilight” alumnus, Greene, to be his love interest in the film.
Marc Spizzirri was in a hole. Financing for his film had just collapsed. He had spent almost a million dollars and he had just half of a movie. Any producer in Hollywood would have cut his losses and walked away, and many of them advised Spizzirri, 54, of San Juan Capistrano, to do just that.
But Spizzirri green-lit production anyway. “A Warrior’s Heart” premiers at 7 p.m. Thursday in San Juan Capistrano at the Regency at 26762 Verdugo Street at 7 p.m, and the film releases nationwide in ten markets on Friday.
In the end, said Spizzirri, who helped found the school and serves as a trustee, there were just too many people relying on him to get the film done.
“We were a family production, trying to make a family movie,” Spizzirri said.
“A Warrior’s Heart” is about a star lacrosse player named Conor who runs into trouble after his father’s death in the Iraq War. He’s sent to a training camp to learn about maturity and sportsmanship from one of his father’s old comrades in the Marines.
Dugard said he wrote it for his son who played lacrosse on the school’s team.
Twilight’s Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene re-team in a story of young love and the true meaning of sportsmanship and life. Coming to select theaters and on Video On Demand December 2nd!