Chord Overstreet as Dupree and Kellan Lutz as Conor Sullivan star in A WARRIOR'S HEART, a film directed by Mike Sears. Picture courtesy Xenon Pictures. All rights reserved.
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A Warrior's Heart (2011)
Opened: 12/02/2011 Limited
|Monica 4-Plex||12/02/2011 - 12/08/2011||7 days|
|Quad Cinema/NYC||12/02/2011 - 12/08/2011||7 days|
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Genre: Family Friendly Drama
Rated: PG for some thematic elements, language and rough sports action.
Twilight stars Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene re-team in a touching, coming-of-age story of young love and the values learned through a shared passion for sports.
Conor Sullivan (Kellan Lutz, the Twilight films) is not excited about moving to an unknown town and being the new kid at high school. However, the handsome lacrosse star not only has his eye on making the team, he just hooked up with the coach's pretty daughter, Brooklyn (Ashley Greene, the upcoming Butter, the Twilight films) ... and things might not be so bad after all.
But when his Marine father is redeployed to Iraq where he dies in combat, a shocked Conor becomes even more resentful and hot-tempered. His self-destructive behavior continues to worsen until a violent on-field clash with a long-time nemesis (Chord Overstreet, TV's Glee) and a vandalism incident lands him in a jail cell and finally gets him kicked off the team.
Out of patience and with few options, Conor's worried mother (Gabrielle Anwar, TV's Burn Notice, Scent of a Woman) unceremoniously dispatches him to a wilderness camp run by his dad's no-nonsense Native American service buddy (Adam Beach, Flags of Our Fathers, Cowboys & Aliens), where hard work -- on and off the lacrosse field -- are the program's centerpiece.
Defiantly, Conor holds onto his anger, determined not to feel anything or let anyone in. But as the "tough-love" regime wears him down, he learns that real warriors aren't born ... they're made.
Strengthened by the support and caring of Brooklyn -- who never loses her faith in him, despite her father's objections -- and through a true understanding of lacrosse and the game's tribal roots, Conor finally grasps the real meaning of sportsmanship, love and life.
A triumphant film the entire family will enjoy.
About the Filmmakers
Mike Sears (Director)
A Warrior's Heart marks the feature film directorial debut for Mike Sears, who has had a long and successful career as a director and executive producer for television.
Through his company Norsemen Productions, Mike has launched many populist franchises, producing and directing the first echo-challenge productions and serving as executive producer for the TBS movie franchises, Dinner and a Movie and Movie and a Makeover, among others.
He also produced and directed such top-rated Discovery programs as Dude Room and Bringing Home Baby.
Martin Dugard (Producer/Screenwriter)
Martin Dugard is a successful author whose first script for feature film, for A Warrior's Heart -- based on an original story -- was highly praised when it premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Dugard regularly immerses himself in his research to understand characters and their motivations better. To better understand Christopher Columbus for the book and teleplay for The Last Voyage of Columbus, he traveled through Spain, the Caribbean and Central America.
Dugard followed Henry Morton Stanley's path across Tanzania while conducting research for the book Into Africa: The Dramatic Retelling of the Stanley-Livingstone Story (managing to get thrown into an African prison in the process); and sam in the tiger shark-infested waters of Hawaii's Kealakekua Bay to recreate Captain James Cook's death for Farther Than Any Man: The Rise and Fall of Capt. James Cook.
Other books he has penned include: Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed American Forever (co-written with Bill O'Reilly); Chasing Lance; Surviving the Toughest Race on Earth; The Training Ground; Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848; and To be a Runner; How Racing Up Mountains, Running With the Bulls, or Just Taking on a 5-K Makes You a Better Person (and the World a Better Place).
Dugard's writing has appeared in such popular magazine's as: Esquire, Outside, Sports Illustrated and GQ, among others.
On the more personal side of adventure, Dugard has competed in the Raid Gauloises endurance race three times and flew around the world at twice the speed of sound aboard an Air France Concorde. The time of 31 hours and 28 minutes set a world record for global circumnavigation.
Dugard lives in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., with his wife and three sons.
About Xenon Pictures
Established in 1986, Xenon Pictures is a film and media distribution company specializing in cutting-edge films, star-driven independent movies and other programming that may not necessarily fit the one-size-fits-all mentality of the major studios.
Xenon is committed to films and other programming that will provoke, excite and inspire. The company's corporate philosophy is simple: innovate, don't imitate; enter a niche and make a commitment to it; embrace filmmakers whose actions speak to their goals; and remain ahead of the curve, with the ability to think and execute in ways that the major studios haven't yet contemplated. www.xenonpictures.com