History in the making



LOS ANGELES – XLrator Media has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the inspirational feature documentary SPIRIT GAME: PRIDE OF A NATION for release on its “LIFEFRAME” documentary label in November 2017 to mark Native American Heritage Month.

SPIRIT GAME: PRIDE OF A NATION was produced by One Bowl Productions in partnership with the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and with the support of Iroquois Nationals sponsors, including Nike and the Bill Belichick Foundation.

“The game began with the Iroquois and we are proud of the role they play with Nike Lacrosse and in growing the sport itself,” says the Director of Nike Lacrosse.

The documentary follows The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team on the road as they compete in the 2015 World Box Lacrosse Championships. For the first time ever, the Championship Games were held on an Indian Reservation, in Onondaga in upstate New York, the Capital of the Iroquois Confederacy.

“This is a truly moving and inspirational look at the spiritual journey the sport of lacrosse represents to the Iroquois people. Lacrosse originated with the Iroquois as more than a sport but as profound medicine that is the lifeblood of their nation and central to their efforts to be recognized on the world stage,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

SPIRIT GAME: PRIDE OF A NATION was directed by Academy Award®-nominee Peter Spirer (Rhyme & Reason, the Beef series, Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel) and Peter Baxter (Wild in the Streets), and executive produced by Gayle Anne Kelley and Oren Lyons.

The Iroquois Confederacy, known more traditionally as the Haudenosaunee, was given the game of Lacrosse as a gift from the Creator. It is central to their heritage. Lacrosse was believed to be a “Medicine Game” that was played for healing and strengthening the mind, body and spirit of the players.

The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team is the flagship of the Haudenosaunee. The team members travel on Iroquois passports, and carry their nation’s flag, colors and sticks into international competition against the best teams in the world.

In 2010, the United Kingdom declined to officially recognize the Haudenosaunee passport. In a mad diplomatic scramble, the US State Department offered the team the option of using US passports. The team respectfully declined – acceptance of this offer would have nullified their rights to travel as Haudenosaunee citizens.

This led to extensive media coverage about the Iroquois Nationals and the standoff around the world. In the end, the Haudenosaunee stood their ground and refused to back down. They did not compete. The result was a proclamation to the world at large that the Iroquois are equal to all Nations and Nation States with no other agenda than to be who they are – vital, strong and sovereign.

At the 2014 Championship Games in Denver, the underdog Iroquois Nationals competed with 40 countries and, for the first time ever, won a bronze medal. The film follows the team as they prepare and compete for the 2015 Championship Games in Onondaga, their home soil.

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One Bowl Productions is a full service production company specializing in purpose-driven storytelling. More than 40 countries participated in the Lacrosse World Games Championship from 2014 to 2015. One Bowl Productions was the official film crew and company of the Iroquois Confederacy to grow the game and to share their political history and culture. Due to the overwhelmingly positive reviews and response from both inside Indian Country and mainstream audiences across the world, One Bowl is launching a campaign to amplify the film’s message and positive impact. 


One of the fastest-growing independent film distribution companies in North America since its creation in 2010, XLrator Media, LLC (XLratorMedia.com) will release 25 films in 2017. Recent releases include Academy Award®-winner John Ridley’s Jimi: All is by My Side starring Andre Benjamin as rock legend Jimi Hendrix, CBGB starring Alan Rickman, and SXSW hits Housebound and The Diabolical. XLrator Media is the home of four acclaimed releasing labels: MACABRE for horror/genre (American Mary, Banshee Chapter), TURBO for action/thrillers (The Machine, Ironclad: Battle For Blood), LIFEFRAME for documentaries (Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation, Queen Mimi, Storm Surfers 3D) and PACE for multicultural films (Five Star, Allegiance, We The Party). The company is producing its first TV series “Superstition” which will premiere October 2017 in the US on SYFY and internationally on Netflix.