The Last Out

Documentary Competition

World Premiere

FEATURE | USA | 84 MINUTES

THE LAST OUT

Documentary, Drama, Thriller, Politics, Sports

Aroldis Chapman and Yasuel Puig’s major league debuts garnered plenty of ink and hype. But often overlooked are the particular challenges talented and eager—yet unknowledgeable—Cuban baseball players face, including multi-step immigration issues, learning English, the shady motives of agents and handlers, and false promises. Sami Khan and Michael Gassert follow slugger Happy Oliveros and hurlers Carlos Gonzalez and Victor Ernesto Baro, three players from the island with American mainland dreams. Under the wing of Cuban-American sports agent Gus Dominguez—once jailed for smuggling players but back in the business—they establish residency in Costa Rica, tiringly practice, and eventually audition for scouts. As they catch on to the reality of their situation and Dominguez realizes he doesn’t have another Chapman or Puig, the three face difficult choices about their next steps and choose radically different paths.

The Last Out is an affecting story of raw talent, passion, and naivete, following three vulnerable men who see baseball as the path to success, but instead must choose the best way to survive.—Brian Gordon


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Sami Khan and Michael Gassert

Sami Khan’s most recent film, the short documentary St. Louis Superman (with Smriti Mundhra), was nominated for an Academy Award® and won a Special Jury Prize at Tribeca in 2019. Michael Gassert's documentary and archival work has been supported by IFP, the Sundance Institute, UNESCO, and the Kennedy Center.



Director
Sami Khan, Michael Gassert
Producer
Michael Gassert, Jonathan Miller, Sami Khan
Screenwriter
Sami Khan
Cinematographer
Jonathan Miller, Michael Gassert
Editor
Carla Gutierrez, Mark Becker, Daniela I. Quiroz
Composer
Saul Simon MacWilliams, Billy Libby, Christina Vantzou
Executive Producer
Marco Vicini, Alex Brouwer, Sonia Villanueva de Brouwer, Phil Hoelting
Cast
Happy Oliveros, Carlos O. González, and Victor Baró.

CONTACTS

Press Contact
Scott Feinstein
42West
New York, New York 10036
Phone: 212-413-0806
Scott.Feinstein@42West.Net
Print Source
Jonathan Miller
Trogon Productions
Brooklyn, NY 11221
Phone: 917 865 7106
kupala@gmail.com
International Sales Contact
Mikey Schwartz-Wright
United Talent Agency
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310 776 8171
Schwartz-WrightM@unitedtalent.com
US Sales Contact
Mikey Schwartz-Wright
United Talent Agency
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310 776 8171
Schwartz-WrightM@unitedtalent.com