Director Josh Greenbaum Talks THE SHORT GAME, Evolving the Humor, Showing Kids Acting Like Kids, Refraining from Judgement, and BEHIND THE MASK

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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. 

SXSW 2013 Line-Up Announced; Includes MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, THE ACT OF KILLING, and More

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Earlier this month, we reported on the first wave of SXSW 2013 films, which includes The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Evil Dead.  Today, the full line-up has been announced, and it feels like Sundance all over again when it comes to plenty of unknown films.  The chance of discovering a gem is high, and I look forward to hearing the buzz that arises from some these movies.  There’s also a second chance at festival films I missed like The Act of Killing (from TIFF) and Pit Stop (from Sundance).  I thought Toy’s House would make it in to SXSW, but I’ll see it eventually since it picked up distribution.

Hit the jump for the full line-up.  The 2013 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 8 – 17th.

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