Actor Mike Faist is Pushing to Chronicle the History of Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game in Comedy-drama’s Exclusive Clip

Actor Mike Faist is setting off on a path of self-discovery, during which he finds that love is the most rewarding win of all, in the new comedy-drama, ‘Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game.’ The performer plays real-life writer Roger Sharpe in the film, which chronicles his unlikely, heartwarming history as one of the most important figures in the titular game.

Vertical is releasing the movie in theatrical and VOD today, March 17. In honor of ‘Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game’s distribution, Film Factual is premiering an exclusive clip from the feature.

Collective filmmaking duo, The Bragg Brothers, which is comprised of Austin and Meredith, wrote and directed the comedy-drama. Channeling their sibling rivalry into award-winning content, The Bragg Brothers made an impact on the industry in 2020 with their MPI Original award-winning comedic short, ‘A Piece of Cake.’ Bringing a warmly comedic eye to all that they do, The Bragg Brothers have also produced projects for Turner Broadcasting, Visa, AT&T, The Smithsonian, The Washington Post and two pilots for Warner Brother’s online division.

Both Austin and Meredith take a heartfelt and humorous approach to their projects, as seen in ‘Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game.’ Sharpe’s historical accomplishment initially caught their attention when they heard that in 1976, the GQ writer helped lift a 35-year ban on the game of pinball in the state of New York.

However, after many long conversations with Sharpe himself, the Bragg Brothers found their movie’s story rooted in the scribe’s genuine emotion and family bonds. “We came to understand a deeper story that had yet to be told. Roger may have saved pinball, but the path he took to get there ultimately rescued him. At its core, this is a coming-of-age story about the value of taking chances and how commitment can be the most rewarding gamble of all.”

‘Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game’ follows Roger, an unsettled writer, as he finds solace and confidence in one thing he has mastered: pinball. When a police raid destroys the only machines he can find in 1970s New York City, he learns the game is illegal. So he reluctantly joins forces with the Music and Amusement Association to overturn the ban while falling in love with Ellen (Crystal Reed), an artist and single mother.

Roger’s path to save pinball ultimately rescues him. He and Ellen overcome their pasts and take a shot at love. Roger learns what it means to take a chance – and that commitment is the most rewarding gamble of all.

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