The feature film Crooked Arrows will have a major presence during this year’s NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships over Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30) in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Producers J. Todd Harris and Mitchell Peck announced that Reebok will sponsor the movie’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Open Casting Tour looking for 14-25 year old lacrosse athletes to be featured in the movie being shot this summer in a location being finalized this month. The Baltimore event is the first of several in the movie’s casting efforts.
The movie, written by Virginia native Todd Baird, tells the story of a Native American high school team’s unlikely ascent to the prep league championship game. Veteran Hollywood director Steve Rash (The Buddy Holly Story, Can’t Buy Me Love, Bring It On 3 and 4) will helm the picture set for nationwide theatrical release during the spring of 2012 at the peak of lacrosse season.
The film’s auditions will have a registration booth at the Baltimore Lacrosse Festival on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. Hollywood casting director Rene Haynes, best known for casting the two most recent Twilight blockbuster sequels New Moon and Eclipse, will be in attendance. Athletic drills will be run by Sports Studio’s Coach Mark Ellis on neighboring Rash Field in the Inner Harbor. Ellis is best known for casting the athletes and choreographing the action in Miracle, Invincible, The Longest Yard, and Game Plan, among other sports movies classics. Although the movie is not casting kids under 14, boys and girls under 14 will have a chance to hear Coach Ellis talk about Hollywood sports movies and participate in a lacrosse skills clinic with Reebok Lacrosse star Zack Greer. Boys and girls 14-17 will be seen on both days from 12:00 Noon-2:00 pm, while male lacrosse players will be seen both days 2:00-4:00 pm.
“We are thrilled to be working with Reebok, Sports Studio and Baltimore Lacrosse Festival as partners in this first-ever lacrosse movie,” comments producer Peck. “We’re all well-aware of the fact that there’s a passionate, loyal and enormous audience who’s hungry for a great lacrosse movie right now.”
The film has received support from leaders in the lacrosse community, including: Inside Lacrosse; US Lacrosse; National Lacrosse League; Major League Lacrosse; MetroLacrosse; and the Tewaaraton Committee. In addition, the movie has been endorsed by many of the sport’s best-known coaches and players at every level.
Actors and athletes can learn more about the movie and sign up by visiting www.crookedarrows.com, by visiting Crooked Arrows on Facebook, and by visiting www.SportsStudioCasting.net.
Crooked Arrows Casting Tour Facts
When: Saturday, May 28, 2011 and Sunday, May 29, 2011
Who: Boys & Girls 14 and under (and their parents) for Hollywood sports talk by Coach Ellis and Skills
Clinic by Reebok Lacrosse Star Zack Greer (no kids under 14 will be cast); 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Boys & Girls Lacrosse Players 14-17; 12:00-2:00 pm
Male Lacrosse Athletes 18–25; 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: Rash Field in the Inner Harbor as part of the Baltimore Lacrosse FestivalNCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships, Game Schedule (@ M&T Bank Stadium):
Casting Director, Special Ability Extras: Mark Ellis, Sports Studio (see biography below) Casting Director, Principle Roles (meetings only): Rene Haynes (see biography below)
NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships Game Schedule @ M&T Bank Stadium
Saturday, May 28: 4:00 pm/6:30 pm (Division I Semifinals)
Sunday, May 29: 4:00 pm (Division III Final)/7:00 pm (Division II Final)
Monday, May 30: 3:30 pm (Division I Final)
Biography for Mark Ellis (Casting Director, Sports Studio)
For 17 years Mark Ellis has been a leader in coordinating sports action in Hollywood productions. Mark has directed and coached Oscar winning actors and Hall of Fame athletes in over 30 movies grossing more than one billion dollars at the box office. He's also collaborated on multiple TV projects and commercial development. Mark has distinguished his company as the only multi-sport film specialist in the world -- consulting on every sports genre including football, basketball, baseball and hockey.
Mark has been a critical component in films honored with nine ESPY nominations for "Best Sports Movie of the Year", including three award winning films for The Rookie, Miracle and Semi-Pro. Mark played college football at Appalachian State, graduated from the University of South Carolina.
In 2008, Mark launched his new company, Sports Studio, LLC. With the acquisition of Sportsrobe, by far the industry’s leader in sports equipment and apparel, Sports Studio is the first of its kind: A one-stop-shop, providing the entertainment industry with directing, coordinating, equipment, and casting services for the ever emerging market of sports action films, television, and commercials.
Sports Studio has also joined forces with Active Networks to create Hollywood’s premier casting database for athletes seeking exposure.
Biography for Rene Haynes (Casting Director, Producer)
Rene is a two time Emmy Nominee; In 2006 for the TNT/DreamWorks mini-series Into the West and in 2007 for the HBO feature Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, for which she also won a CSA Artios Award for Outstanding Casting.
In addition to being recognized in the entertainment industry as one of the foremost experts in Native American and First Nations casting, Rene specializes in conducting international talent searches and enjoys taking on projects with very specific and challenging casting needs. Her worldwide search for the female lead in the Terrence Malick feature The New World, being just one successful example. (The film’s young lead went on to be named “Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress” in 2005 by the National Board of Review.)
In 2009 Rene became part of the casting team on the widely popular Twilight Saga: New Moon and Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Having now seen (almost!) every young actor in the US, the UK, Australia and Canada gives Rene a strong perspective on the “who’s who” amongst the established and emerging youth talent pool.
In 2010 Rene consulted on the upcoming feature Cowboys and Aliens and the upcoming mini-series Neverland. She also cast her second Vietnamese and English language feature, Die Laughing.
2011 finds her attached to cast the independent features Winter In The Blood, Crooked Arrows, Deerslayer, Monkey Beach and several other exciting projects!
As a producer, Rene was on the team of the award winning, independent film, Butterfly Dreaming. She also has created and is attached as a producer on one original television series and is on the producing team of several other feature films which are currently in development.