“The Phenom” follows baseball up-and-comer Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons) who has dreamed of becoming a world-famous pitcher his entire life. Constantly pushed by his abusive father Hopper Sr. (Ethan Hawke), he slowly becomes one of the game’s most promising talents, soon to take on the game itself. But when he has a nervous breakdown on the mound, his hope lies with unorthodox sports therapist Dr. Mobley (Paul Giamatti) who tries to help him let go of the past and channel his demons on the mound. The film also stars Sophie Kennedy Clark (“Nymphomaniac”), Alison Elliott (“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”), Yul Vasquez (“War of the Worlds”), Paul Adelstein (“Prison Break”), Martin Ireland (“Side Effects”), and more. Watch a clip from the film above featuring Hopper and Dr. Mobley review some baseball tape and try to discover the nature of Hopper’s anxiety.
“The Phenom” is written and directed by independent filmmaker Noah Buschel. His first feature film “Bringing Rain” premiered at 2003 Tribeca Film Festival and won first prize at the Rhode Island International Film Festival for directorial debut. His 2009 film “The Missing Person,” starring Michael Shannon as an alcoholic private detective who trails a man he discovers to be one of the thousands presumed missing after 9/11, premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. His next film “Sparrows Dance” won Best Narrative Feature at 2012 Austin Film Festival. His last film “Glass Chin,” starring Corey Stoll and Billy Crudup, was nominated for Best Narrative Feature at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
Johnny Simmons is best known for his performances in Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “Jennifer’s Body,” and most recently, “The Stanford Prison Experiment.” Four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke can be seen in two upcoming Westerns: Ti West’s “In a Valley of Violence” and Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven.” Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti can be seen in the upcoming sci-fi thriller “Morgan,” directed by Luke Scott.
“The Phenom” will hit theaters, VOD and iTunes on June 24th. Watch a trailer for the film below.