A new comedy for an old sport

"Birdies"  is a modern underdog tale about a washed up golf phenom who gets hired as the club pro by the eccentric owner of a decaying golf community. Now in development from Tight Lies.

Check out the 1-minute Proof of Concept Teaser here:


A modern underdog story about a run down country club, Twin Pines. The owner, Charlie Conroy, battles alcoholism, humiliation, and bankruptcy while keeping his father’s legacy afloat - until he finds a washed up golf phenom with a godly swing working as a local exterminator, Jake Baxter. Desperately needing a contender for his annual tourney, Conroy hires him as the new club pro and Jake discovers that Twin Pines might be the weirdest place of miscreants he's ever experienced in his whole whacked life, let alone on a golf course. But, this motley bunch is all he has to defeat the flamboyantly rich foes from Magnolia Pointe, and when Conroy gambles his entire club on it, they have to win - or it's back to the first tee in the game of life.

Troy Carlton - Writer, Director, Producer (portfolio, imdb)

Brandon Luck - Producer (imdb)

Elizabeth Marion - Producer (linkedin, imdb)

Reid Doyle - Co-Producer (imdb)

Cast Attached:

Ryan O'Flanagan - (Jake, Adrian, or Nick) Actor and comedian best known for his role as the teacher Mr. Kraz in the Netflix original. American Vandal, also his viral character series on Funny-Or-Die, Ryan Does Places as the overly excited tourist, not to mention his hilarious standup act which he tours the country with.

the full proof of concept

An 8-minute short in the world of Birdies.

The Birdies Characters:

Jake Baxter - 30’s , Ex-golfer, ex-alcoholic, exterminator. Toxic relationship with the lovely Brandy
Charlie Conroy - 50’s , Owner of Twin Pines. playboy, alcoholic, gambler, online dater, secretly broke
Brandy Boyd- 20’s - 30’s, from a rich family, empowered, creative, eccentric, beautiful, wild card
Jarvis Boyd- 60’s, Owner of Magnolia Pointe, clean cut, egocentric, entitled, wealthy
Adrian Boyd- 30’s - 40’s, Jarvis’s son, privileged brat, excellent golfer, cheesy af
Nick - 30’s, Conroy’s ace general manager, smart-ass, and resident man of mystery.

Fred  - 30’s, Twin Pines Clubhouse manager and bartender. Sexy, buxom beauty, smart, witty, won’t take shit off Conroy, Nick, or anyone 

Sarah - 50’s, Jarvis’s office manager, Conroy’s love interest, cute, smart, witty, confident, lonely

Casting mood board: 

Shia LaBeouf, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, Josh Brolin, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, Luke WilsonJoe Keery, Winona Ryder, Chris Pine, Bubba Watson, Jason Segel, Will Ferrell, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Ricky Fowler, Isla Fisher, Sydney Penny, Sophia Bush, Will Smith, Mindy KalingAdam Devine, Snoop Dogg, Rebel Wilson, Mark Wahlberg, Jeff Daniels, Samuel L. Jackson, Will Arnett, Matthew McConaughey, Patrick Wilson, Cullen Moss, Nate Panning, C. Thomas Howell, Brent Triplett, Ryan Gosling, Aaron Paul, Rob Riggle, Jeremy Renner, Ryan O'Flanagan, Jessica Alba, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Anderson, Hillarie Burton, Kevin Costner, David Spade, Adam Sandler, George Lopez, Aziz Ansari, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Hurley, Ryan Reynolds, Andy Garcia, Heather Locklear, Jaime Pressly, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, Charlie Day, Alfonso Ribeiro, Don Cheadle, John Krasinksi, Wayne Gretzky, Dustin Johnson, John Daly, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Keanu Reeves, Jamie Kennedy, John Favreau, Jeremy Piven, Cheech Marin, Tiger Woods, Shane Callahan, Cindy Morgan, Chevy Chase, Tommy Chong, Michael Jordan, Carl Weathers, Adam Scott, Charles Barkley, Owen Wilson, Jason Isaacs, Sam Rockwell, Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Jeff Goldblum, Ravi Patel, David Harbour, Timothee Chalamet, Clive Owen, Ken Jeong, Rodrigo Santoro, John C. Reilly, Walton Goggins 

The Golf Jokes

"The Golf Jokes"  are a viral series of YouTube videos with over 7 million views, based on characters from "Birdies". Check them all out here:

The Team 

Troy Carlton (Writer, Director, Producer) - Storyteller and director of award-winning indies, feature-length, “Half Empty”, short film, “McDuffy”, and the “Birdies” proof of concept. Creator of viral series “The Golf Jokes”. 15 years experience on set in the film and television industry. 10 years as commercial and music video producer/director/editor at Crane House Film

Elizabeth Marion (Producer) - Indie producer, festival and talent coordinator, community engagement manager. Producer of indies “McDuffy”, “Regular Kids”, “Wash, Rinse, Repeat” and “Sad State of Affairs”.  8 years of creating, organizing, and promoting live events in the entertainment industry. KPI and Data Analysis, project management.  

Brandon Luck (Producer) - Entrepreneur, business owner and producer of “The Golf Jokes”, “Birdies”, “McDuffy”, and the feature films “Half Empty” and “Ghost Cage”, now available on Amazon Prime starring C. Thomas Howell. Brandon has been working in front of and behind the camera for 15+ years, and is a film and television industry veteran as an actor and producer. 

Reid Doyle (Co-Producer) - Actor and producer since 2010, Reid has worked on productions such as Eastbound and Down, Safe Haven, Under the Dome, SwampMurders, and History Channel's hit drama series SIX. He has co-produced several music videos, commercials, TV Movie "Intimate Apparel"  starring Ryan O'Flanagan, and feature film, "The Terrible Two" now in Redbox and on Amazon Prime.

Bird·ie: ˈbərdē/  (noun)

The golf term from slang BIRD, denoting any first-rate thing.

The Birdies team aims to adhere to the symbolic meaning of the golf term “Birdie”, to create an excellent, first rate film for an audience that is waiting for great comedy to come back.

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