A film written by a Utah County man and being produced by a Utah County husband-wife team is also - coincidentally - being shot in its entirety in Utah County this week. It's full of local faces and places, says producer Michael Karr of Seen-By-Scene, including members of the American Fork High School marching band, Timpanogos High School students and parents and 150 various Utahns as extras in the crown scenes."Creator's Game" is a story about the underdog's triumph, written by Brigham Young University film school graduate Bruce Troxell. It's also the story of lacrosse and its development from ancient times to a modern day sport.
Ancient Native American tradition suggest lacrose was a gift from the Great Spirit to his people for their entertainment and physical development.
Athletes who play lacross describe it as the fastest sport on two feet, hard-hitting and demanding.
Elements from the games of basketball, football and hockey are part of lacrosse.
Producer Lance Williams says lacrosse is currently the fastest growing sport in north America and thus lends itself to the moving story about a Native American, Daniel Cloud, who wants to be a sports star and his struggle to become himself.
Cloud, played by Dakota House, is torn between his dreams and the obligation he feels to his people to be a tribal leader.
The result should be an enjoyable movie replete with positives, say michael and Cheryl Karr.
"It's a fun film, similar to the sports genre of `The Mighty Ducks' and `Rocky," Michael Karr said. "We believe that successful films do not need to be offensive to be entertaining and should support positive family values," Troxell said.
The film also features the talents of Bryce Chamberlain and Al Harrington from "Hawaii-Five-O."
Scenes take place o the streets of Provo, at Utah Lake State Park, on Haws field at Brigham Young University, at the tar Flour Mill in American Fork, the Timpview High School baseball field, Timapnogos High School and in Provo Canyon.
"Creator's Game" is expected to be in movie houses in early 1999 and will probably screen first at SCERA Showhouse in Orem, said Karr.