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LOS ANGELES (November 9, 2015) – XLrator Media (Jimi: All Is By My Side, The Machine) 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 2016 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 Nike Inc. and others.

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

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 Capitol 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 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), produced by Spirer and Chris Brewster, 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.

This led to extensive media coverage about the Iroquois Nationals and the stand-off 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.



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 2015. Its recent releases include Academy Award-winner John Ridley’s Jimi: All is by My Side starring Andre Benjamin as rock legend Jimi Hendrix, SXSW hits Housebound and The Diabolical starring Ali Larter (currently in theaters). XLrator Media is also the home of the acclaimed MACABRE and TURBO genre film labels and the PACE multicultural film label. The company previously released such diverse films as. The Machine, CBGB, American Mary, Storm Surfers 3D, Banshee Chapter, Ironclad: Battle for Blood and Five Star.