UTOPIA SCORES US THEATRICAL RIGHTS TO SXSW’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NOLAN RYAN DOCUMENTARY “FACING NOLAN”

April 13, 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 RyanPresident George W. BushCraig BiggioSteve BuecheleGeorge BrettRod CarewRoger ClemensTom GrieveTom HouseRandy JohnsonPete RoseIvan RodriguezBobby ValentineDave WinfieldBobby 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.”