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The Phenom – Exclusive NYFCS Preview

Presented by Nightlight Cinema at Nightlight Cinema, Akron OH

Jun 26 2016
The Phenom – Exclusive NYFCS Preview

Noah Bushel’s The Phenom isn’t your typical sports film at a first glance. Right from the film’s opening, the classical music score, and some great montages, The Phenom redefines the baseball movie genre. Rather than focusing on the sport, the film explores the player’s psyche and how he overcomes his issues to be a better athlete.

The film focuses on rookie pitcher Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons), a young man who has it all: being a third-ranked pitcher in the country, support from his school, a loving mother (Alison Elliott), and a beautiful girlfriend Dorothy (Sophie Kennedy Clark). However, Gibson becomes strangely distant from everyone, which affects his game. For no reason at all, he becomes more uncertain about where his life is heading. Once his father Hopper Sr. (Ethan Hawke) re-enters his life, Gibson suddenly sees everything clearly. Hopper Sr. shows some tough love to Gibson, often being a force of nature who pushes his son to the limit to make him a better

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