Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, November 22: THE HOLLYWOOD SHORTIES
Ryan Steven Green’s chronicle of a the first little people basketball team debuted at SXSW earlier this year. Other fests have included Sidewalk, Chagrin Doc, Carmel, BendFilm, Hell’s Half Mile, and San Francisco DocFest.
The titular pioneering team was an outlet for little people in the acting community – long relegated to minor roles or hidden behind unusual costumes – to take center stage as entertainers and athletes. With roots in the 1950s, the Shorties grew in popularity over time, hitting their peak in the 1980s, appearing regularly in exhibition events that blended gameplay with clownish antics. These competing interests eventually led to their demise, as related here. Green has a family connection to the team, and brings a respectful and often engaging approach to telling their story, but errs in an excess of narration and irritating music.