From director Josh Greenbaum, the fascinating and inspiring documentary The Short Game (now available on Netflix) follows eight of the most competitive golfers around the globe, who all just happen to be young children, training and competing in the World Championship of Junior Golf. The film gives a vantage point and insight into a unique world, where children are playing a grown-ups’ game that requires intense focus and extreme skill.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, filmmaker Josh Greenbaum talked about how this project came about, narrowing down the possible subjects for the film to the eight they focus on, why it’s been so important to have Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel as executive producers, how the humor evolved, purposely including the moments where the kids were acting like kids, what most impressed him about these kids, making the decision not to judge the parents, the techniques he used to get the kids to open up, how he was expecting to witness more temper tantrums than he did, and how he hopes people will walk away from the film feeling better about the world. He also talked about his 10-episode documentary series for Hulu, called Behind the Mask, about the lives of four sports mascots, and that he’s also working in narrative, scripted features, as well. Check out what he had to say after the jump.