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The Hollywood Shorties

Directed by Ryan Steven Green

United States | 1 hr 25 min | 2016

In 1980’s Los Angeles, the “world’s smallest professional basketball team” composed of recognizable-but-typecast actors finds itself the unlikely vanguard of a revolutionary movement to bring little people into the public eye as something other than objects of curiosity.

The Hollywood Shorties - Ryan Steven GreenRyan Steven Green
Director, Producer, Writer

Ryan Steven Green is a commercial and film director. Taking up a camera for the first time at age 14, in the subsequent two decades he has amassed a body of work that can only be described as symptomatic of an unfashionably happy childhood—with topics ranging from snails to verbal insults, modern homesteaders to moustaches, and, with his first feature-length documentary Circle the Wagen, vintage Volkswagens. A native of Los Angeles, Green received a BA in Cinema-Television with an emphasis on non-fiction filmmaking from the University of Southern California. He minored in Neuroscience. His documentary work has sent him around the world for the Emmy-winning PBS show Travelscope and can be seen in the non-fiction films of Jay Duplass as well as the global collaborative documentary One Day on Earth. As a commercial director/editor, his clients have included FanDuel, Green Dot, Nike, Plantronics, Toyota, and Zegna. He is currently in post-production on his second feature documentary, The Hollywood Shorties, which tells of the rise and fall of the eponymous professional dwarf basketball team that played in Los Angeles in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Excavating hours of VHS and U-matic material and over 8,000 original documents, he has inadvertently become the world’s foremost scholar on the long-forgotten team. He lives in Los Angeles with his very-understanding wife and daughter.

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Film Information

Director: Ryan Steven Green
Country: United States
Year: 2016
Language: English
Runtime: 1 hr 25 min


Writer: Ryan Steven Green
Producer: Ryan Steven Green, Craig Evans,
Editor: Juliette Edwards, Ryan Steven Green
Director of Photography: Craig Evans
Music:  Ian Mackley

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Principal Cast

BIFF - Beloit International Film Festival
BIFF | Beloit International Film Festival