NEWPORT BEACH, California, USA • April 25, 2019
“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 two showings at the Newport Beach Film Festival – Saturday, April 27 and Monday, April 29. The film, narrated by actor and former caddie Billy Murray, has drawn critical acclaim in early 2019 as it continues on the international film festival circuit in the weeks following the Masters Tournament and prior to a June 7 United States theatrical release in approximately 25-50 United States markets.
The “Loopers” showings are scheduled for The Lido on April 27 at 5:30 p.m., PDT and The Triangle Theater in Costa Mesa on April 29 at 6:15 p.m., PDT. The Lido is a historic theater, built in 1938 and recently restored, and is located one block from the Pacific Ocean. As of April 25, the Saturday showing had more than 350 tickets sold and is one of the largest selling films prior to the festival opening this weekend. A live Q&A featuring Director Jason Baffa, Executive Producer Jim Packer and Producer Clark Cunningham – all native Californians with Cunningham residing in Newport Beach – will follow the screening.
For tickets to either showing, go to www.newportbeachfilmfest2019.tix.com.
“Loopers” was the recipient of the “Ad Hoc Docs” award at the Cleveland International Film Festival in early April and had a requested third showing during its film festivals debut in early February at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Reviews of the film have touted the film’s accuracy and interest beyond just golf.
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.
To request a private screening this summer at your club, go to www.loopersmovie.com/request-a-screening.
April 27, 5:30 p.m., The Lido in Newport Beach
April 29, 6:15 p.m., The Triangle Theater in Costa Mesa
The Lido, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, Callif., 92663
The Triangle Theater, 1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa, Calif., 92627.
Watch the Trailer:
Available upon request to media in a limited viewing window.
Interviews and Information:
Contact Ward Clayton, firstname.lastname@example.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
Press Release issued on behalf of “Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk” by Clayton Communications.