Onondaga Redhawk box player, alumnus and member of the Mohawk nation Tyler Hill ’10 will make his big screen premiere in the highly anticipated film “Crooked Arrows,” the first major motion picture to focus on the sport of lacrosse. The film made its theatrical release in select theatres on May 18 and will be nationally available on June 1.
“Some people say it’s just a movie,” says Hill in an interview with Syracuse’s The Post-Standard. “For me it’s more than a movie because it’s a chance for lacrosse to be spread and gain world-wide recognition.”
The movie, which stars Brandon Routh (“Superman Returns”) and Gil Birmingham (“Twilight” series), tells the story of a Native American high school team on their unlikely journey to the state lacrosse championship game against their prep school rivals. Along the way, the team rediscovers its connection to the spiritual tradition of the ancient sport.
Hill, who is the only member of the Crooked Arrows team to receive a mention on the movie poster, plays Jimmy Silverfoot, a central character in the film.
“Silverfoot is a really good lacrosse player but he’s kind of a hothead,” says Hill, who hopes to take acting classes in the near future. “He’s really into himself. He’s like the T.O. of lacrosse, Terrell Owens, or Lebron James.”
Hill earned a B.A. in English with a minor in American studies from Hobart, where he played lacrosse. He also attend Le Moyne College and played in four games at the Division II National Championships. Prior to that, he played at Onondaga Community College, helping the Lazers to capture an NJCAA Division III National Championship.
Following graduation, Hill joined the Onondaga Redhawks as their box player and is currently working on a master’s degree in education at Syracuse University.
To learn more about the movie, visit http://crookedarrows.com/.
In the photo above, Joe Logan, played by Brandon Routh, coaches Jimmy Silverfoot, played by Tyler Hill ’10.