2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

The Hollywood Shorties

Wednesday, March 16
3:45PM - 5:09PM

Alamo Lamar A
1120 S Lamar Blvd

Hashtags: #sxsw #thehollywoodshorties

THE HOLLYWOOD SHORTIES is a documentary on the birth of organized sports in the American dwarf community. Dating back to the 1950s, the Hollywood Shorties were a basketball team formed from an insular group of recognizable-but-typecast actors. What began as a rare outlet for these little people to gather publicly, by the early 80s saw the Shorties enjoying a niche in entertainment akin to the Harlem Globetrotters. Simultaneously, they found themselves the vanguard of a revolution to represent little people as something other than objects of curiosity. But, in a bittersweet turn, the very popularity that the Shorties singlehandedly created would phase the team out of the sport they pioneered.

Section: Documentary Spotlight
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2016
Runtime: 84min

Director: Ryan Steven Green

Executive Producer: Ryan Steven Green

Producer: Craig Evans

Screenwriter: Ryan Steven Green

Cinematographer: Craig Evans

Editor: Juliette Edwards, Ryan Steven Green

Music: Ian Mackley

Additional Credits: Assistant Editor, Archivist: Matthew Green, Associate Producer: Charlie Pecoraro, Sound Re-recording Mixer: Nikola Simikic, Titling, Motion Graphics: Leslie Andrew Ridings, Colorist: David Berlinsky

Principal Cast: Tony Cox, George Rossitto, Kevin Thompson, Jimmy Briscoe, Joe Gieb, Martin Klebba, Chris Romano, Joseph S. Griffo, Scott Danberg, Lydia Graber


A native of Los Angeles, Green received a BA in film with an emphasis on non-fiction from USC. His documentaries have treated on such diverse topics as moustaches, modern homesteaders, vintage Volkswagens, and now dwarves. In addition to his documentary work, Green directs comedic commercials. He lives in LA with his wife and daughter.

Sales Agent: Samuel Curphey

Publicity Contact
Charlie Pecoraro



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