New York, United States: ‘Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk’, the most thorough feature-length film documentary ever developed on golf’s historic caddie profession, will make its theatrical debut today at approximately 100 locations in 30 States across the United States.
The film, narrated by famed 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.
Directed by Californian film-maker Jason Baffa, the film concluded the film festival circuit last Sunday with the Greenwich, CT, International Film Festival.
The documentary will get its first public screening in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 21.
‘Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk’ was filmed at a variety of iconic golf courses in the United Kingdom, Ireland and America, including the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie, Prestwick, Ballybunion, Lahinch, Augusta National, Pebble Beach and Bandon Dunes.
The documentary includes interviews with a wide range of major champions, including Sir Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw, Lee Trevino, Curtis Strange and Fuzzy Zoeller; while professional caddies who participated include Steve Williams, Carl Jackson, Fanny Sunesson, Pete Bender, Michael Greller and Jerry Beard. Golf journalists Rick Reilly, Michael Collins and Ward Clayton are also interviewed.
Among the many stories uncovered in Loopers includes that of Greg Puga, who grew up in Los Angeles, and went on to caddie at Bel-Air Country Club and qualified as an amateur to play in the Masters.
Another is the compelling legacy of caddie-master Mike Kiely, who has been at Canterbury Golf Club in Ohio for half-a-century and guided many caddies toward successful careers.
Loopers is being screened at the Odeon Theatre in Edinburgh on June 21 and June 23 as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.