Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blog Post #8


Image result for the short game        The sports documentary The Short Game, director Josh Greenbaum, presents eight golfers in the 2012 U.S. Kids World Golf Championship. The film opens with introductions of the eight competitors who are from all over the globe. Their ages range from 7 to 8 years old. These eight golfers are the best young golfers that this world has ever seen. The competitors are Allan Kournikova, brother of tennis superstar Anna Kournikova. Allen ends up wining the tournament for his age group.  The next hails from South Africa, he is Zama Nxsana. The next six are Alexa Pano, Jed Dy, Augistine Valery, Sky Sudberry, and Amari Avery. This documentary shows the friendships the kids gain from golfing competitively and it also shows the stress of the game and how they overcome the stress. The movie shows the three days of play and going into the last round there are four competitors who are in the lead. They are Allen vs. Justin Shui and Amari vs. Sky. Jed, who is a favorite to win in his age group showed up late and received a 10 stroke penalty and this automatically took him out and lost his chance at winning. The following year he showed up an hour early and ended up winning the tournament.  It ends up being Allen and Amari victorious for their age group. Zama wins most improved player moving from 43rd place to 18th place and is immediately invited back next year. The children gain valuable life lessons and new friends and experiences from this tournament and they can't wait to go back next year.

Image result for the short game allan kournikovaThe speaker of the documentary, Josh Greenbaum presents eight golfers with the occasion being the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship Tournament. The audience of this documentary are parents and children and anyone who likes the sport of golf. The purpose of the documentary was to display some of the best young golfers all over the world. The strategies used in this documentary were important in evoking different attitudes and atmospheres in the movie. They used montages and different choices of music for different situations in the movie. For example, when we hear that Jed receive a ten stroke penalty they play somber music as a way to evoke a somber feeling in the viewer. This way the viewer almost feels as though they are part of the movie. Another great strategy was having the kids lip sync "How you like me now" at the end of the movie. It was a great end to a great movie. The tone of the movie was holistically upbeat and fun, it had its moments of sadness or anxious moments, but all-in-all, I would say the movie had a very happy, funny tone. There was some bias in the movie. There was bias towards its benefits of the championship and also the negative effects of not winning. I really enjoyed this movie and I would recommend it to anyone. The kids were all incredibly funny and I really enjoyed watching the film.

Rhetorical Precis:
In Josh Greenbaum's sports documentary, "The Short Game(2012),he shows the effect that golf has on the children in this tournament and displays valuable life lessons. The narrator first introduces the eight competitors in this golf tournament. He then shows their play through the three day tournament. His purpose is to show some of the best young golfers all over the world and show the effects that competitive golf has on kids of such a young age. His audience is parents and children and fans of golf.