GOLF IN THE KINGDOM - Los Angeles Premiere

October 13, 2011, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Cinematheque108, the Office of Religious Life, Spirituality and Sports, and Golf in the Kingdom LLC invite you and a guest to the Los Angeles Premiere of

Golf in the Kingdom

Directed and Screenplay by Susan Streitfeld
Produced by Mindy Affrime
Adapted from the novel by Michael Murphy
Followed by a Q&A with Susan Streitfeld and Mindy Affrime, moderated by Dr. Varun Soni, USC Dean of Religious Life
7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The Ray Stark Family Theatre

George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



About Golf in the Kingdom

Golf in the Kingdom is adapted from Michael Murphy’s 1972 classic novel, the best-selling work of fiction ever written about the game of golf, with millions of readers in many languages.

En route to India in 1956 in search of enlightenment, a young American philosophy student – Michael Murphy – takes a Scottish detour to the “Links of Burningbush.” Seeking to enjoy one last round before giving up his beloved game, he is unexpectedly paired with the mysterious and mischievous golf pro – Shivas Irons. A wild adventure on and off the links ensues, where Murphy’s perception of golf and life are indelibly changed. Out of this transformation the two forge a deep and unbreakable bond of camaraderie.

Provided courtesy of Golf in the Kingdom LLC. Rated PG. Running time: 86 minutes.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.


About the Guests

SUSAN STREITFELD - Screenwriter and Director

Susan Streitfeld has achieved the seemingly impossible dream, which has thwarted so many others…bringing Michael Murphy’s best-seller Golf in the Kingdom to the silver screen. Combining her expertise with actors, her love of the word and her painterly eye, Golf in the Kingdom is a visual love poem to those who play the game of golf and like her, those who do not.

Weaving a peripatetic path through several disciplines – Susan initially trained in painting at Syracuse University, before detouring to Mexico, where she fell in love with Latin American Literature, which shifted her artistic eye and directed her imagination to excavate deeper roots. She returned to complete a degree in filmmaking at NYU Film School before embarking for Hollywood, where she made an unexpected transition to theatre. Collaborating with John Cassavetes, she directed the world premiere of East/West Game, his highly personal serio-comic view of art, integrity and the business of Hollywood. With this wind at her back, her career took another turn when she joined Triad Artists, first as a script analyst and then as a talent agent, championing the ground-breaking rise of the independent film, guiding clients Daniel Day Lewis, Ed Harris, Danny Glover, Gregory Peck and Colin Firth into seminal independent films.

Teaming up with Mindy Affrime to make Female Perversions (1996), the writer/director cast Tilda Swinton in her first Hollywood film. From its debut in Sundance’s Dramatic Competition to the recent showing at The Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul, the film continues to stretch its long legs. Her 30 minute short, The Summer of My Deflowering commissioned by German Arts station WDR, bowed at an erotic film festival at The Museum of Modern Art NYC in 2000.

In 2001 she joined Mindy and Michael to help develop a script for Golf in the Kingdom. Embarking on the ‘longest and slowest game ever played,’ she admits she is leashed to a turtle, and very happy to have had the nine years it took to make this complex book into a simple film.


Since 1980, Mindy has been in the film business as an independent producer. It all started when she fell in love with Tillie Olsen’s book, Tell Me a Riddle, while at Washington University. Tell Me a Riddle was her first production. It was on this film that she honed her entrepreneurial skills. The film received high praise and was distributed around the world. Her desire to make independent provocative films led her to running Thom Mount and Roland Joffe Company’s in Hollywood and eventually to producing Susan Streitfeld’s Female Perversions, starring Tilda Swinton in 1995.

Mindy then joined Michael Murphy and created a partnership to produce an adaptation of his best selling book, Golf in the Kingdom. An avid golfer, who loves the walk, Mindy has spent her last 6 years managing the film’s development and production. She raised 100% of the money from individual investors and in 2009 the film was shot at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

Now that the film is finished and being well received, it is her job as manager of GOLF IN THE KINGDOM LLC, the owner of the film to sell the film worldwide. She is excited by the prospects, the merchandise; the foreign markets… the DVD sales. The sky is the limit!

About Cinematheque108

Cinematheque108 is an alternative screening series sponsored by the Critical Studies Department at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The series offers a rare selection of events that highlight noteworthy experimental, documentary, and/or foreign films, many of which can not be seen anywhere else. Cinematheque108 is an educational forum that aims to expand understanding of alternative film and media. All screenings are free of charge and open to the public.

About Spirituality and Sports

The Office of Religious Life’s Spirituality and Sports program explores the spiritual dimensions of sports - from the mysticism of the “the zone” to the development of extraordinary human potential; from the transformative powers of organized sports to the ritual, pilgrimage, and community orientations that organized sports share with organized religions. This program hosts discussions with Olympic athletes, sports stars, and Trojan legends in order to uncover the rich layers of meaning, purpose, and identity that sports imparts to its practitioners. Previous speakers include Matt Leinart, Ryan Khalil, Wes Parker, Louis Zamperini, Peter Vidmar, and John Naybor.

For more information, please contact Don Ludwig, Director of Spirituality and Sports:


About Parking

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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