The Phenom

2016 | USA | NR | 90 min.


Old Town Playhouse Fri, Jul 29, 2016 9:00 PM
The Kubrick at Central Grade School Sat, Jul 30, 2016 3:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Men Make Movies - The Struggle Continues
Release Year:2016
Runtime:90 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Ethan Hawke
Paul Giamatti
Paul Adelstein
Johnny Simmons
Elizabeth Marvel
Director:Noah Buschel
Produced by:Antonia Bogdanovich
Jeff Elliott
Kim Jose
Jeff Rice
Screenwriter:Noah Buschel
Cinematography:Ryan Samul


Major League Baseball rookie pitcher Hopper Gibson has talent. He also has an abusive ex-con father (Ethan Hawke) who thinks he should do whatever it takes to make sure that talent isn’t wasted. When Gibson’s father makes a sudden reappearance in his life, a case of performance-stunting anxiety sets in for the rising ace. Before long, a miserable record earns him a ticket back to the minors. Struggling with the knowledge that his father is both his most dangerous detractor and greatest motivator, Gibson turns to a sports psychologist (Paul Giamatti) for guidance, and a way back to the big leagues. A sharply incisive look at the psychological side of professional sports, boasting powerful performances from its lead actors, “The Phenom” engrossingly pivots not on an athlete’s battle with a rival team, but rather on a battle with his own mind. In Person: Director Noah Buschel.