Texas Focus: Facing Nolan

Texas Spirit Theater | NR | 102 min. | Documentary

August 17, 2022 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Join us for the origin story of a true Texas superhero, baseball legend Nolan Ryan.

Event Details

In the world of Major League Baseball no one has created a mythology quite like Nolan Ryan. Told from the point of view of the hitters who face him and the teammates who revered him, Facing Nolan is the definitive documentary of a Texas legend. Stay after the screening for a discussion with Dr. Matt Bowers and the film's Executive Producer, and Nolan's son, Reid Ryan.

Texas Focus is a cinematic exploration of Texas. Enjoy Texas-centric movies and join film experts for conversation about the stories portrayed on-screen.

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Film Credits

Rating: NR
Director/Writer: Bradley Jackson
Runtime: 102 min.
Genre: Documentary
Release year: 2022


About the Presenters

Reid Ryan, son of Nolan and Ruth, is a sports executive that has worked extensively in professional baseball for over 20 years. A former college and professional baseball player and pitcher in minor league baseball, Reid currently serves as the CEO of Ryan-Sanders Baseball Inc., which owns the Round Rock Express and Corpus Christi Hooks. He was introduced as the president of the Houston Astros on May 17, 2013.

Dr. Matt Bowers is an Associate Professor of Instruction and Director of the Sport Management program at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies the role of sport in generating positive experiences and outcomes, with a particular emphasis on youth development in and through sports. His work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, Wired, The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, SXSW, and the Aspen Institute’s Sport for All, Play For Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game. He has served as an advisor to SXSW, Nike's Project Move, the Aspen Institute’s Healthy Sport Index and Reimagining School Sports projects, and recently concluded his appointed term on the Science Board for the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. He has also spent the past six years deeply involved with the "sandlot baseball" movement here in Austin as a first baseman for the Cap City Cobras.

About Film Programs

Film programs at the Bullock Museum seek to connect the public with filmmakers and their art that you won't find just anywhere. From Texas-specific titles to films from around the globe, these programs will open up a world of stories and culture for visitors. The Bullock Museum is committed to sharing the work of filmmakers of all backgrounds and identities.

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

Learn about ticket prices, refund policies, and parking (free after 5 pm). Please note that visitors under age fifteen must be accompanied by someone age sixteen or older. For evening programs, please enter through the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre.

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Funding has been provided to the Bullock Museum from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021.

The Bullock Museum, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is funded by Museum members, donors, and patrons, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the State of Texas.