THE GRIZZLIES, from Elevation Pictures, will open in select theaters across the US on March 20th. Based on a true story, the film was directed by Miranda de Pencier, executive produced by Academy Award nominee Frank Marshall and Jake Steinfield, and stars Ben Schnetzer, Booboo Stewart, Tantoo Cardinal, Emerald MacDonald, and Will Sasso.


THE GRIZZLIES is based on the inspiring true story of the youth of Kugluktuk, Nunavut – who were transformed by the power of sport, family, tradition, and community, and in turn, transformed their town with the highest suicide rate in all of North America into a model of hope and youth-led resilience.

The classmates are initially resistant when the naive and culturally ignorant white teacher from the south introduces them to lacrosse—but gradually, as they begin to connect with each other as teammates, the students’ find inspiration to make profound shifts in their lives. In the beginning, the hastily built lacrosse team seems like mild after-school fun, but quickly becomes the lightning rod for the community’s differing views on its future. Together as “The Grizzlies”, the players learn to lead each other, gain the support of a deeply divided town, and look to compete in the National Lacrosse Championships. In the process, these youth become the teachers, of their coach and each other, proving to themselves and now the world, that it really isn’t ‘win or lose’, but being together in the game.  

THE GRIZZLIES is more than the usual triumph through sports movie – it is a true story about a group of Inuit students who changed their teacher and eventually their whole community for the better. Driven by remarkable performances by the young, Nunavut -based cast, and seeded with unassailable authenticity because of its dramatic location, THE GRIZZLIES proves to be one of the most unexpectedly affirming films of the year.