Filmmaker Bradley Jackson’s Chronicle of Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher To Release in Theaters May 24th in Partnership with Fathom Events

April 12, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA)-On the heels of a home-state World Premiere at SXSW - and the announcement of a special screening on May 1st at the Texas Rangers Stadium - Utopia has acquired US theatrical rights to the critically acclaimed documentary FACING NOLAN. In a partnership with Fathom Events, FACING NOLAN will premiere in theaters nationwide on May 24th for one night only.


Told from the point of view of the hitters who faced him and the teammates who revered him, FACING NOLAN is the definitive documentary of a Texas legend. In the world of Major League Baseball no one has created a mythology like Nolan Ryan. Directed by Bradley Jackson the film features new interviews with Nolan Ryan, President George W. Bush, Craig Biggio, Steve Buechele, George Brett, Rod Carew, Roger Clemens, Tom Grieve, Tom House, Randy Johnson, Pete Rose, Ivan Rodriguez, Bobby Valentine, Dave Winfield, Bobby Witt and many others.


The one night only special theatrical event will also include an exclusive post-film Q&A with Nolan recorded at the film’s SXSW World Premiere.


“Facing Nolan is a movie that transcends beyond baseball fandom and one that everyone will enjoy,” said Cole Harper, Partner with Utopia. “It’s a four-quadrant film that families, couples and people of all ages absolutely must see. This isn’t just a sports documentary - it’s a romantic comedy - a love letter wrapped in baseball. And while Nolan may be the star, it’s truly Ruth Ryan at the center of it.”


“Fathom Events is thrilled to partner with Utopia to present this incredible documentary on the life of this baseball legend,” said Ray Nutt, CEO of Fathom Events.  “Nolan Ryan lives his life with the same passion he brought to the mound.  He is a true competitor and a hero to so many.  This behind-the-scenes look at his life is going to be special for his fans, and baseball fans everywhere. He is truly an athlete for the ages.”


Check out the official FACING NOLAN trailer and poster art below:



You can SIGN UP FOR UPDATES on the ONE NIGHT ONLY theatrical event with FATHOM EVENTS at: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/Facing-Nolan.


About Utopia

Utopia is a film distribution and sales company that specializes in independent and documentary cinema. Recent titles include the TIFF breakout comedy and Spirit Award nominated Shiva Baby by Emma Seligman; Dasha Nekrasova’s Berlinale premiere The Scary of Sixty-First; and Sundance and New Directors/New Films 2021 selection El Planeta from Amalia Ulman. Upcoming releases include Cannes and NYFF selections Vortex by Gaspar Noe and Jane by Charlotte by Charlotte Gainsbourg; as well as Jane Schoenbrun’s We’re All Going to the World’s Fair.


Utopia has since launched Utopia Originals, a division dedicated to the development, packaging, and sales of original film and television content. Its most recently announced project is a Blues Brothers docu-series with Dan Aykroyd and the John Belushi Estate.