A Warrior’s Heart (2011)

A troubled, angry lacross player attends a rigorous lacrosse camp that changes his attitudes. While there, he falls in love with the coach’s daugher.

Genre – Action

Director(s) – Michael F. Sears

Writer(s) – Martin Dugard

Cast – Kellan Lutz, Gabrielle Anwar, Ashley Green, Adam Beach

Blue Rider’s Role – Arranged bridge financing

Distributor(s) – Lionsgate (U.S), Eagle Films (non-U.S.), E1 Entertainment Benelux

Release Date – 2011

Synopsis – Hot-headed star Lacrosse player Conor Sullivan, in shock and denial over his Marine father’s death in battle, acts out in self-destructive ways that upset his mother, Claire. But arduous training in a wilderness Lacrosse camp, under the tutelage of his dad’s old combat buddy, Sgt. Major Duke Wayne, gives Conor a new perspective.

Major Cast and Crew Awards and Credits:
Directed by Michael F. Sears (directed and produced Eco Challenge British Columbia and War Games; produced Dinner & A Movie, Bringing Home Baby, Disco Demolition: The Real Story, Possesed Possessions, Raid Gauloises: Race Across Ecuador and Eco Challenge Utah).

Written by Martin Dugard (debut).

Stars Ashley Greene (Twilight, King of California, Otis, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, seven episodes of Desire ); Kellan Lutz (Twilight, Accepted, Prom Night, Stick It, The Forgotten Ones, Deep Winter, eight episodes of The Comeback, seven episodes of Generation Kill, six episodes of 90210 and 13 other movies and TV projects) and Gabrielle Anwar (nominated for Saturn Award for The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines and Gemini Award for The Tudors; also appeared in Scent of a Woman, The Three Musketeers, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, Body Snatchers, For Love or Money, If Looks Could Kill, Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken, In Pursuit of Honor, 37 episodes of Burn Notice, 12 episodes of Press Gang, six episodes of The Tudors and 39 other movies and TV projects).

Cast also includes Adam Beach (won two awards for Dance Me Outside and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; four noms for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and Flags of Our Fathers; also appeared in Four Brothers, Windtalkers, Joe Dirt, Mystery Alaska, Smoke Signals, Bottoms Up, The Big Empty, Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale, Skinwalkers, Coyote Waits, A Thief of Time, 21 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, eight episodes of Moose TV, four episodes of North of 60, three episodes of Madison, three episodes of Comanche Moon and 39 other movies and TV projects); Chris Potter (won New York International Independent Film and Video Festival Best Actor award for Rocket’s Red Glare and nominated for Gemini award for Sex Traffic; also appeared in The Pacifier, Arachnid, The Shrink is In, A Wrinkle in Time, 83 episodes orf Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, 38 episodes of The X-Men, 36 episodes of Wild Card, 31 episodes of Heartland, 25 episodes of Material World, 16 episodes of Queer as Folk, 13 episodes of Silk Stalkings, 12 episodes of The Young and the Restless, six episodes of Top Cops, three episodes of Superstorm and 31 other movies and TV projects); William Mapother (SAG Award nomination for In the Bedroom; also appeared in Minority
Report, Magnolia, Almost Famous, Vanilla Sky, Mission: Impossible II, Swordfish, The Grudge, World Trade Center, Born on the Fourth of July, Lords of Dogtown, Suspect Zero, The Zodiac, Without Limits, 10 episodes of Lost and 29 other movies and TV projects); Ridge Canipe (won Young Artist Awards for Walk the Line and Bad News Bears; nominations for Pictures of Hollis Woods and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape; also appeared in Zoom, The Express, Wicked Little Things, Music Within, Danika, Baby Blues and 13 other movies and TV projects); Aaron Hill (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Foreign Exchange, 36 episodes of Greek, six episodes of Greek Uncovered, six episodes of Lost at Home and 17 other movies and TV projects) and Daniel Booko (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, American Pie Presents Band Camp, Bratz, Foreign Exchange, The Replacement Child and The Open Door).

Executive Producers: Mark Spizzirri (debut) and Martin Dugard (debut).

Producer: Ed Richardson (Making of Myst V, 10 Years of Tomb Raider: A Game Tap Retrospective, 43 episodes of Man Made Movie, 51 episodes of Movies for Guys Who Like Movies,12 episodes of Big Playstation Saturday and 11 episodes of The Movie Bowl).

Cinematography by Thomas L. Callaway (won three awards for Broke Sky; also shot Who’s Your Caddy, Feast, Cruel Inentions 3, Critters 3, The Devil’s Tomb, Critters 4, Lady Killers, Earth vs. the Spider, Slumber Party Massacre II, Drop Dead Sexy, Creepozoids, Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity, Assault of the Killer Bimbos, Rumbero and 62 other movies and TV projects).

Film Editing by Ellen Goldwasser (Speaking in Strings, Mule Skinner Blues, Desert Winds, The 67th Annual Academy Awards, Just Peck, Lost Chi, The Anatomy of Hate).

Production Design by Brian Daniel Livesay (Fear, Focus, Sweet, A Nightmare on Elm Street: Real Nightmares, Mad Mad House and According to Spencer).

Art Direction by Jason Garner (Dark and Stormy Night, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, Universal Remote) and Morgan Runyon (debut).

Stunt Coordinator: Kurt Bryant (nominated for World Stunt Award for The Hitcher; also coordinated stunts for Friday the 13th, Soccer Mom, The Jane Austen Book Club, The Island, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Amityville Horror, Be Cool and The Italian Job; coordinated or performed stunts on 162 other films, including Die Hard, Miller’s Crossing, Training Day, Armageddon, Con Air and Scream 2 ).

Star quote:
Ashley Greene: “I wasn’t uncomfortable doing a make-out scene with [24-year-old heartthrob] Kellan Lutz, because we know each other so well it was kind of a no-brainer. We’ve alredy got this kind of chemistry, so it wasn’t hard at all. He’s one of my very close friends and we definitely have a platonic relationship, but playing romantic with him was easy.”

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