About the Film

THE SHORT GAME follows the lives of eight of the best 7-year old golfers in the world as they train for and compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf. The annual tournament held at golfing mecca Pinehurst, North Carolina, brings in 1500 young golfers from 54 different countries and determines who will be crowned golfs next phenom. In its course, the eight stories entwine to form a fascinating and often funny portrait of a group of very young athletes and their families, in which the narrow-focused, peculiar and highly competitive junior golf subculture becomes both a window into contemporary global society and an inspiring reflection of the human condition.

Allan Kournikova

Age: 7

Hometown: Palm Beach, Florida

Fun Fact: Is Anna Kournikova’s little brother.

Zamokuhle Nxasana

Age: 8

Hometown: Benoni, South Africa

Fun Fact: When he gets nervous he sings to himself (usually “Woody’s Roundup” from Toy Story).

Kuang Yang

Age: 7

Hometown: Shenzhen, China

Fun Fact: Got into golf accidentally when he mistook a golf tutorial DVD for a children’s cartoon.

Alexa Pano

Age: 7

Hometown: Lake Worth, Florida

Fun Fact: Speaks fluent peacock, also best friends with Allan.

Jed Dy

Age: 8

Hometown: Manila, Philippines

Fun Fact: Loves to read. His favorite book is “Farts: A Spotters Guide”.

Augustin Valery

Age: 8

Hometown: Paris, France

Fun Fact: The entire floor of his bedroom into a putting green.

Sky Sudberry

Age: 8

Hometown: Spring, Texas

Fun Fact: Has over 20 stuffed rabbits all with the name “Rabby”.

Amari “Tigress” Avery

Age: 8

Hometown: Riverside, California

Fun Fact: Nicknamed “The Tigress”. Shares same birthday and ethnic background with Tiger Woods.

Meet the Kids
Eight of the best junior golfers in the world

Meet the Team

Josh Greenbaum

Josh Greenbaum is an Emmy award-winning writer/director who has written and directed film and television projects for Comedy Central, Paramount Pictures, Sony TV Studios, Columbia Pictures, Fox TV Studios, Funny or Die and most recently CBS. Most recently, he directed a short film for the Clinton Foundation that starred Matt Damon, Kevin Spacey, Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Bill Clinton, Kristen Wiig and others. Greenbaum is a graduate of Cornell and Oxford Universities and received his MFA in film from the graduate program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. This is his first feature.


Executive Producer


Executive Producer

mark mothersbaugh

Music Composer
Mark Mothersbaugh is an Emmy award-winning composer who has written the music for more than 70 film and television projects including Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, 21 Jump Street. He first came to prominence as lead singer and founder of the
new wave/rock band DEVO.

Rafael Marmor

Rafael Marmor is a producer of documentary, feature film and television, at Delirio Films. His feature documentary Blue Blood, dubbed by Variety as “one of the best sports films of all time”, was nominated by both the Evening Standard and London Critic’s Circle for Best British Film of 2007. After a short digression producing the comedy TV series Svetlanafor Marc Cuban’s HDnet, he returned to the feature documentary world as a producer on Alma Har’el’s award winning Bombay Beach. His most recent film No Place On Earth premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival and was releasedin theatres across the Magnolia Pictures in April 2013. Marmor is a graduate of Cornell University.

Christopher Leggett

As a recent partner in Delirio Films; Leggett’s background comes from his role as a producer at NBC Universal Sports where he covered both the 2010 and 2012 Olympic games where he lead the creation and production of Against the Tide, a docu-series featuring three Olympic athletes on their quest for the London games. Currently Chris is in production on Alma Harel’s new feature documentary “Love True”.

Billy McMillin

Billy McMillin has been editing feature and documentary films for nearly a decade. He most recently co-wrote and edited WEST OF MEMPHIS, for which he was nominated by the WGA for Outstanding Documentary Screenplay and the American Cinema Editors for Best Edited Documentary. He also edited Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and won three awards including Best Editing.

Timm Oberwelland

Executive Producer
Timm Oberwelland is an entrepreneur und film producer. He has produced numerous commercials, documentaries, feature films and TV programs in his native Germany as well as in the US including Simpatico, starring Jeff Bridges, Nick Nolte and Sharon Stone based on the play by Sam Shepard, The Velocity of Gary, starring Ethan Hawke, Selma Hayek and Vincent D’Onofrio and - most recently - the documentary feature No Place on Earth. He is an investor and board member in various companies including the creative crowdsourcing platform, SmartyPants Vitamins and the Berlin based film production outfit Syrreal Entertainment.

John Battsek

Executive Producer
John Battsek is the founding partner of Passion Pictures and Oscar-winning producer of One Day in September, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2000. Battsek has since produced a slate of more than 25 of the most widely distributed and commercially successful documentary films including: Restrepo (academy award nominated 2011), The Tillman Story (Academy award shortlisted 2011), Once in a lifetime, Project Nim, the Imposter among many others. John executive produced Searching for Sugar Man, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2013.

David Frankel

Executive Producer
David Frankel is a director, screenwriter and executive producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short for his 1996 short film Dear Diary and an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the pilot episode of Entourage. He has since directed the successful studio films The Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me, and The Big Year. His last film, Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep and Steve Carrell, was released in August 2012.

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