SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 AT 1:30PM PT
Q&A with Filmmaker and Production Team Immediately Following Screening
LAS VEGAS (October 8, 2019) - The documentary film, VALIANT directed by Cruz Angeles ("Don't Let Me Drown"), which highlights the Vegas Golden Knights' remarkable run to the 2018 Stanley Cup Final while unifying a city in the wake of tragedy, will premiere during an exclusive viewing for fans attending the Golden Knights/Calgary Flames game on Sunday, November 17 at T-Mobile Arena. The announcement was made today by the Vegas Golden Knights and Sterling Productions in association with Osmosis Films and NHL Original Productions. The viewing will begin at 1:30 p.m. PT with a special question and answer session with the VALIANT production team and individuals appearing in the film immediately following. Doors to T-Mobile Arena will open at 1:00 p.m. PT. Puck drop for the Golden Knights/Flames game is set for 4 p.m. PT. Please note, fans must have a ticket to the Golden Knights/Flames game in order to attend the screening.
The documentary film VALIANT begins by chronicling the creation of the National Hockey League's expansion team Vegas Golden Knights by entrepreneur Bill Foley. Featuring the awarding of the franchise in 2016, and selecting their players including Marc-André Fleury from the Pittsburgh Penguins during the Expansion Draft, the Golden Knights were introduced to Las Vegas during their home games in the 2017 NHL preseason.
Sparking a growing sense of pride in their grieving city, the Vegas Golden Knights went on to win their first home game, beginning a streak that made them the first team in NHL history to start an inaugural season winning eight of their first nine games. Ultimately, the Vegas Golden Knights enthralled the hockey world with their historic performance while capturing the hearts of the people of Las Vegas and forging an unbreakable connection between the team and its city.
VALIANT features franchise owner Bill Foley, General Manager, George McPhee, Golden Knights players: Marc-Andre Fleury, William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, Deryk Engelland, Ryan Reaves, and entertainers Wayne Newton and Lil Jon, along with Las Vegas residents, law officers and first responders to the tragedy.
Following its Las Vegas premiere screening event, VALIANT will be available nationwide via VOD platforms beginning December, 13, 2019.
"There is so much more to the city of Las Vegas than what most people know," said Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley. "Beyond the bright lights of the Strip is a strong, tight-knit, hard-working community of over two million people who are proud to call Las Vegas home. Thanks to their support and passion, we embarked on a truly improbable journey together while enjoying one of the most successful inaugural seasons in North American sports history. VALIANT tells the entire story of our team's special connection with our great city. We would like to especially thank Virgil Price, Cruz Angeles, James Lawler and their teams as well as the NHL for their passion and steadfast dedication to the VALIANT project. We hope audiences around the world enjoy the film and we are excited for its debut on November 17 at the Fortress."
"The 2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights were the unforgettable Cinderella story of the NHL season," said Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Office and Executive Vice President. "The Golden Knights forever cemented their place in the hearts of the residents of Las Vegas and captured the imagination of the rest of the hockey world not only with their historic performance on the ice but also their commitment to unifying their community in the face of tragedy. Years from now, their first season will truly be one of the greatest stories in the history of the NHL."
"We decided to name this film VALIANT to pay tribute to the indomitable spirit of this great city and its first professional sports team," said Executive Producer and Producer Virgil Price, owner of Sterling Productions.
"It's an honor to present the exclusive premiere viewing of VALIANT to the city of Las Vegas and fans of the Golden Knights in association with Sterling Productions and NHL Original Productions" said James Lawler, producer and CEO of Osmosis Films.
"The story of the Vegas Golden Knights' meteoric inaugural season and how the team rallied a city in crisis is an important one to tell - especially today," said Cruz Angeles, writer / director of VALIANT. "We are thrilled to be working with the Vegas Golden Knights and the NHL to bring the film home to the city that inspired it."
VALIANT is produced by Sterling Productions in association with Osmosis Films and NHL Original Productions. The director is Cruz Angeles and his credits include Sundance Film Festival Don't Let Me Drown, and the ESPN 30-for-30 Fernando Nation. VALIANT was shot by Axel Bauman, produced by James Lawler and Virgil Price, edited by Malcolm Hearn, and scored by composer Michael Levey. NHL Chief Content Officer Steve Mayer is also an executive producer.
VALIANT is dedicated to the victims of the shooting of October 1, 2017, their families, their friends, and the heroic First Responders.
For more information on the film VALIANT, please visit: IG @Valiant_documentary; TW @Valiant_doc; FB @ValiantVGK
ABOUT THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
The Vegas Golden Knights are a National Hockey League franchise owned and operated by Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC. The Vegas Golden Knights were established by founding partners William Foley and his family and the Maloof family. For the latest news and information on the Golden Knights visit vegasgoldenknights.com. Fans can follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
ABOUT STERLING PRODUCTIONS
Sterling Productions was founded by producer Virgil Price in 2007. Prior to VALIANT, its productions include the feature films Lovely, Still (2008) and Don't Let Me Drown (2009) and the ESPN series 30 for 30 installment "Fernando Nation."
About NHL Original Productions:
NHL Original Productions is the in-house production arm of the NHL, focused on documenting, preserving and promoting the game of hockey and its players. Established in 2011, NHL Original Productions develops long- and short-form hockey programming for the League's media platforms - NHL Network™, NHL.com and NHL Social™ - as well as national, regional and international rightsholders. Its original programming lineup includes the Emmy Award-winning series "Road To The NHL Winter Classic™," the Sports Emmy Award-nominated "Quest For The Stanley Cup™," "Behind The Glass," "NHL All-Star All Access™," "NHL China Games All Access™," "Skates Off," "What's In The Box," "Stanley Cup Live™," and other content.
Valiant (2019) | Director: Cruz Angeles | Executive Producer: Virgil Price | Producers: Virgil Price, James Lawler, Steve Mayer | Co-producer: Zach Russo | Editor: Malcolm Hearn | Cinematographer: Axel Baumann | Music Composer: Michael Levey | Run Time: 93 min | Aspect Ratio: 1.78 | Country: USA | Language: English | Rating: NR