“Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk” Raised Approximately $19,000 For James Siblings in Durham, NC; Film For Sale and Rent Via Cable, Digital and DVD
DURHAM, NC, USA (September 18, 2019) – “Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk” (www.loopersmovie.com, @loopersthemovie), narrated by actor Bill Murray and presented by GlobalGolf.com, raised approximately $19,000 via live and silent auction items, cash donations and ticket sales Thursday night, September 5 for Fran and Norman James during two showings at Carolina Theatre Durham.
Producer Ward Clayton, a Durham native, introduced the afternoon showing and participated in Q&As after both. Carolina Panthers voice and Chapel Hill native Mick Mixon welcomed the attendees at Thursday night’s showing and introduced Zack Veasey of presenting sponsor GlobalGolf.com and Clayton to speak.
GlobalGolf is a Raleigh, NC business with global distribution as golf’s top e-commerce site. Additional support was provided by Signal Boosters of NC, Hillandale Golf Courseand Merle Norman Durham– all with Durham connections and close ties to the James.
The showing benefitted Durham’s Fran and Norman James, who have been beset by injury and health issues during the past year. James is the longtime golf instructor at Hillandale and while riding in a golf cart last September 23 was struck by a hit-and-run car and severely fractured her right leg. The City of Durham erected a more prominent electronic crossing sign at the Hillandale Road intersection earlier this summer. Her younger brother Norman, a former defensive lineman at Northern High School and Gardner-Webb, was diagnosed with cancer in April and just completed his 10thchemotherapy treatment in Chapel Hill, NC. Donations and information are still available via Nationstrong (https://www.facebook.com/nationunc) or by making on-line donations to http://paypal.me/NationStrong.
Auction items alone garnered more than $13,000, including golf at Durham-area, Myrtle Beach, Greensboro, Pinehurst and Augusta public and private courses, golf equipment, regional restaurant certificates, sports tickets and memorabilia and gift baskets, artwork and beauty products from Durham-area businesses.
Loopers is currently available for purchase or rental on Video on Demand, cable and internet platforms, according to distributor Gravitas Ventures. Bonus features will be available only on iTunes or on DVD purchases, including approximately 30 minutes that detail the moving story of memorializing Nathaniel “Iron Man” Avery, Arnold Palmer’s longtime Masters Tournament caddie; and outtakes with Lee Trevino, Fuzzy Zoeller, caddie Michael Greller, caddiemaster Mike Kiely, author Rick Reilly and veteran caddie Steve Williams. To purchase, go to https://www.loopersmovie.com/see-the-movie.
The film is available on iTunes with the following subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.
The film has drawn critical acclaim with positive reviews and best documentary awards from the Cleveland International Film Festival in early April and the Newport Beach (CA) Film Festival in early May and with a “Best of the Fest” recognition on June 30 at the Edinburgh (Scotland) International Film Festival. (See various reviews here: https://www.loopersmovie.com/news).
Loopers has shown in more than 100 U.S. theaters and more than 70 in the UK and Ireland through the summer and received a 75 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was rated No. 5 on the i-Tunes documentary sales chart in early September. Additionally, the film has shown in nearly 100 private clubs around the world, including Bandon Dunes, Shinnecock Hills, Pinehurst, Los Angeles Country Club, Ballybunion, Baltusrol and the Links Club of New York, and was presented to the PGA Tour caddies in New Orleans and former Augusta National caddies in Augusta before its U.S. theatrical release.
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