Monday, December 09, 2013

Netflix Launches Its First Original Documentary, “The Short Game” on December 12

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Netflix is launching its first original documentary, “The Short Game,” which gives viewers a sweet and humorous glimpse inside the lives of the world’s best seven-year old golfers on Thursday, December 12 at 12:01AM PT.

Every year, the top golfers from around the world come together for the Pinehurst World Championship in North Carolina, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more skilled group of competitors than the seven-year olds featured in “The Short Game.” The new documentary, which can only be seen on Netflix, is both entertaining and inspiring as viewers get to watch these pint-sized golfers train for and compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf and the friendships they form along the way. Featuring top young golfers around the world from South Africa to China to the US including Allan Kournikova (Anna’s younger brother) and Amari “Tigress” Avery, “The Short Game” captures a handful of amazingly passionate kids who simultaneously pursue friendship and first-place. Executive produced by Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, the film also features golf legends Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.

With the holiday season in full swing, “The Short Game” is the perfect heartwarming film to watch and share laughs and tears with your family.  

Beverly Hills, CA — Netflix will launch “The Short Game” on Thursday, December 12th at 12:01 AM PT. The documentary, which will be the first original documentary available on the service, follows eight of the most competitive golfers around the globe, all who happen to be under the ripe age of seven years old, as they train for and compete in the World Championship of Junior Golf.  The Netflix original documentary will be available to stream in all territories where Netflix is available - U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Latin America, the Nordics and the Netherlands.

Emmy® award-winning director Josh Greenbaum’s feature debut premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) and won the 2013 Audience Award.  It was Academy qualified in a limited theatrical release through Phase 4 Films and Samuel Goldwyn Films.

“‘The Short Game’ provides a highly entertaining, family friendly and joyful vantage into a unique world that most people fantasize about: being the best in the world at something.  The fact that this dream is pursued by children playing a grownups’ game is intriguing and inspiring,” says Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of Original Documentary and Comedy.  “We seek to provide the very best storytelling within the documentary filmmaking category and ‘The Short Game’ is the rare example of a beautifully told and heart-warming tale which appeals to all generations.”

"As a filmmaker, you hope your work will reach as many people as possible and that's what's so exciting about partnering with Netflix, who are presenting some of the most original and cutting edge programming on the planet right now," said director Josh Greenbaum.  "The idea of people all across the world being able to watch the film is a dream come true."

“The Short Game” is produced by Rafael Marmor, Christopher Leggett, and Josh Greenbaum, and executive produced by Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake, Timm Oberwelland, John Battsek and David Frankel.

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