Cazenovia native Jamison Koesterer, left, stands aside Aaron Printup, a member of the Tuscarora Nation and actor in the film “Crooked Arrows.” Printup portrays a lacrosse player named “Maug” and Koesterer portrays “Emmitt Davis,” a lacrosse coach for a rival team from Coventry Academy.
Lacrosse star Jamison Koesterer is the latest Cazenovia native to have their name appear in the credits of a major motion picture.
Koesterer portrays the character Emmitt Davis in the recently-released film “Crooked Arrows.” A standout midfielder at the high school, college and professional levels, Koesterer was recruited to choreograph and authenticate action sequences in the film, when his commanding presence caught the director’s eye.
“There were one or two days when I got real heated and started yelling at the kids — acting like a real coach and less like a choreographer. The director Steve Rash called me off the field and I thought ‘Oh man, I messed up. They’re going to let me go’ and he says ‘I think we have a role for you, would you mind reading for us?’ so I went to read, and the rest is what you see on screen,” Koesterer said. “I don’t know if I’ll win any Academy Awards for acting, but all of the lacrosse action in the film is real.”
The film, which opened nationwide June 1, follows an unlikely coach and rag-tag team of Native American high school lacrosse players who hope to capture the state title and restore the pride of their reservation. Koesterer’s character is the head coach of Coventry Academy, a fictional preparatory school whose well-funded lacrosse team is the reigning state champion and rival of the Crooked Arrows.
Koesterer said he first heard of the project in 2009, when the script was passed to his father, Mark, who is the CEO of Sports Studio Entertainment in Los Angeles, Calif. The multi-faceted production company provides casting services and manufactures athletic garments for the film and television industries. Jamison contacted the producers, Mitchell Peck and Todd Harris, to see what assistance he could offer.
While Koesterer’s fundraising efforts weren’t as fruitful as he would have liked, the producers kept in contact with him and eventually asked him to help with casting and choreographing authentic lacrosse action for the film.