“Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk,” Narrated By Bill Murray, Will Have Special Southern Pines, NC Sunrise Theater Introduction June 15 As Part of Golf Fair
SOUTHERN PINES, NC, USA – “Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk” (www.loopersmovie.com, @loopersthemovie), the most thorough feature-length film documentary ever developed on golf’s historic caddie profession, will have a special introduction on Saturday, June 15, by a producer and a Q&A session as a part of the Sunrise Theater’s three-day Golf Fair Celebration.
Ward Clayton, a Durham, NC, native and a producer on the film, will introduce the film prior to its 7:30 p.m., Saturday showing and participate in a Q&A, possibly with other guests following the 80-minute film. The Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St, Southern Pines, NC 28387 and is the only North Carolina site – thus far – among 100-plus screens in 30 states.
The three-day stint at the historic, downtown Southern Pines theater includes three showings of the film on Friday, June 14 and Sunday, June 16 and two on Saturday, June 15. A Golf Fair will be held from 4-7 p.m., Saturday at next-door Sunrise Park with musical entertainment, refreshments including beer, wine and popcorn and more than 10 golf-related exhibitors between the 2:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., showings of Loopers.
Here’s how to get tickets as a part of the theater’s Golf Fair celebration:
The “Loopers” U.S. theatrical release began on Friday, June 7 – the weekend before the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. A listing of locations, to be continually updated, is included at https://www.loopersmovie.com/see-the-movie.
The film, narrated by actor and former caddie Bill Murray, 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.
Reviews of the film have touted the film’s accuracy and interest beyond just golf:
- “… wishing ‘Loopers’ could be a series with each vignette an episode. Better yet, with striking panoramics of St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Bandon, Carnoustie and other world-renowned courses, “Loopers” is reminiscent of the BBC’s “Planet Earth” series, educating while aesthetically captivating.” – Golf Digest (March 2019)
- “This weaves history with personality in telling a handful of specifically amazing golfer-caddie pairings, and is great even for those who hate golf.” – Santa Barbara Independent (January 30, 2019).
- “I’ve only played a handful of rounds of golf in my life, and I don’t particularly care about the sport. Still, I found ‘Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk’ compelling. Any time you get somebody talking about their life’s work you’re probably going to get some good stories.” – Filmthreat.com (February 15, 2019).
- “Loopers charts the history of golf from its origins in Scotland to modern times. Traditionally, the caddie’s mantra was to ‘show up, keep up and shut up.’ They were banned from the clubhouse and treated poorly. However, they became an important part of the sport, acting as the player’s technical adviser, psychologist and confidant.” – Sunday Times, Ireland (February 2, 2019).
The film also includes interviews with World Golf Hall of Famers Sir Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw, Lee Trevino, Curtis Strange and former Masters Tournament and U.S. Open champion Fuzzy Zoeller. Professional caddies who participated include Steve Williams (Tiger Woods’ former caddie), Carl Jackson (Crenshaw), Fanny Sunesson (Faldo), Pete Bender (Greg Norman and others), Michael Greller (Jordan Spieth) and Jariah “Jerry” Beard (Zoeller at the 1979 Masters). Longtime golf journalists Rick Reilly, Michael Collins and Ward Clayton are also interviewed.
The unknown stories are revealed, such as Greg Puga, who grew up in East Los Angeles, went on to caddie at Los Angeles’ Bel-Air Country Club and qualified as an amateur to play in the Masters Tournament. Another is the compelling legacy of caddie master Mike Kiely, who has been the caddie organizer at historic Canterbury Golf Club in Cleveland for a half-century and guided many caddies toward successful lives.
“Loopers” was filmed at some of the more iconic locations in golf such as the Augusta (GA) National Golf Club, Pebble Beach (CA) Golf Links, The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, numerous other vaunted courses in Scotland and Ireland such as Carnoustie, Prestwick, Ballybunion and Lahinch and Bandon Dunes (OR).
“Loopers” is directed by Southern California filmmaker Jason Baffa, who has directed successful independent films on the global surfing sub-culture, including “Bella Vita,” “One California Day” and “Singlefin: Yellow.” Baffa’s first film on golf harkens back to his days growing up when he played golf with his father and uncle.
Also, private viewings for clubs or organizations can be made by going to www.loopersmovie.com/request-a-screening. An international debut in Europe is scheduled for June 21 at the Edinburgh (Scotland) International Film Festival.
National Dates/Times: June 7 throughout the summer.
Trailer: Go to www.loopersmovie.com
Screener: Available upon request to media in a limited viewing window.
Interviews and Information: Contact Ward Clayton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunrise Theater Information: MaryBeth Poplyk, email@example.com
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
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