Reminder: “Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk,” presented by GlobalGolf.com, Scheduled For Two Thursday Showings at Carolina Theatre Durham
DURHAM, NC, USA – “Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk” (www.loopersmovie.com, @loopersthemovie), narrated by actor Bill Murray and presented by GlobalGolf.com, is showing twice at Carolina Theatre Durham during a benefit performance for Fran and Norman James on Thursday, September 5. The evening showing will include: Carolina Panthers voice and Chapel Hill native Mick Mixon will introduce the 7 p.m., showing and Triangle-area natives and professional caddies Mike Hicks and Barry Williams and film producer Ward Clayton will conclude the evening with a Q&A after the evening showing.
The event is presented by GlobalGolf, a Raleigh, NC business with global distribution as golf’s top e-commerce site, with additional support provided by Signal Boosters of NC, Hillandale Golf Courseand Merle Norman Durham. The showing will benefit Durham’s Fran and Norman James, who have been beset by injury and health issues during the past year.
The 7 p.m., showing sold out in three days for the most thorough feature-length film documentary ever developed on golf’s historic caddie profession. A second showing is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., all part of a fundraising effort during the final theatrical showings in the United States. Tickets remain for the earlier showing.
To get tickets: Go to http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/loopers-caddies-long-walk
Here’s how to support the James’ cause: Buy a ticket to this showing, participate in the silent auction and donate on site or via Nationstrong (https://www.facebook.com/nationunc). For those wishing to make financial donations, go to http://paypal.me/NationStrong. For silent auction donations, contact Nancy Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Clayton, a Durham native, will introduce the 4:30 p.m., showing and provide a Q&A afterward. A silent auction will be held from approximately 5:30-6:45 p.m., in the box office-lobby area, with a number of attractive items, including golf at Durham-area, Myrtle Beach, Greensboro and Pinehurst public and private courses, local restaurant certificates, sports tickets and memorabilia and gift baskets, artwork and beauty products from Durham-area businesses with a collective value of approximately $8,000. The 7 p.m., showing will be introduced by Mixon with welcomes from Durham’s Zack Veasey of GlobalGolf.com and Clayton and the following Q&A with Hicks, Williams and Clayton.
Mixon grew up in Chapel Hill, attended the University of North Carolina and spent years as an analyst on Tar Heel sports broadcasts with Woody Durham. Mixon has been the voice of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers since 2005 and is a three-time N.C. Sportscaster of the Year. Hicks grew up in Orange County and has been a caddie on the PGA Tour for nearly 40 years. His most memorable moment occurred in 1999 when he was on the winning bag for Payne Stewart during the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. He caddied for Vaughn Taylor on the PGA Tour this season. Williams grew up at Durham’s Willowhaven Country Club (now Umstead Pines Golf Club) and has been a PGA Tour caddie since 2002, carrying the bag for players such as Durham’s John Maginnes, Boo Weekley and currently with Shawn Stefani.
Fran James was an outstanding junior golfer, earning Northern Durham High School Athletic Hall of Fame honors and captaincy of the Marshall University women’s golf team, and is the beloved longtime golf instructor at Hillandale Golf Course, a public golf institution in Durham. Last September 23, Fran was closing the course at dusk when her golf cart was struck by a car as she crossed Hillandale Road. The car did not have on its headlights and left the scene in a hit-and-run accident which has still not been solved. Fran suffered multiple injuries, including serious spiral fractures in her right leg, and is just now recovering enough to consider a return to work. (See link: https://www.wral.com/durham-golf-instructor-hurt-when-her-cart-was-struck-in-hit-and-run-encourages-driver-to-come-forward/17902395/)
Norman James, the younger of the James by five years, was an outstanding lineman on the highly touted Northern High School football teams in the mid-1980s, coached by Ken Browning, and played three seasons at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC. Nicknamed “Nationwide” because of his large presence, he was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer last April and is undergoing chemotherapy. The campaign Nationstrong is based on his football nickname.
Loopers was available for purchase through Tuesday, September 3 when it will be offered for 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 Fuzzy Zoeller, caddie Jariah “Jerry” Beard; caddie Michael Greller; caddiemaster Mike Kiely; author Rick Reilly; and veteran caddie Steve Williams,
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 in early 2019 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)
Durham, NC Showings: Carolina Theatre Durham, Cinema 1, Thursday, Sept. 5, 4:30 p.m., with Clayton introduction, Q&A; 6-6:45 p.m. (approximate), silent auction; 7 p.m., film with introduction by Mick Mixon, following Q&A with Mike Hicks, Barry Williams and Ward Clayton.
Location/Tickets: Carolina Theatre Durham, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, NC 27701, 4:30 p.m.: On sale. 7 p.m.: Sold Out.
Trailer: Go to www.loopersmovie.com
Screener: Available upon request to media in a limited viewing window.
Interviews and Information: Contact Ward Clayton, email@example.com
Carolina Theatre: www.carolinatheatre.org
Directed by Jason Baffa (@jasonbaffafilms)
Produced by David Brookwell, Jim Packer, GEM Pictures, Clark Cunningham, Ward Clayton
Written by Carl Cramer (worked with Baffa as film editor on his previous films)
Narrated by Bill Murray
Animation sequence by artist Damian Fulton
Country – USA
1-Loopers film poster.
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