‘The Hammer’ opens this week and you should go see it

oren kaplan

My buddy Oren Kaplan’s first movie, THE HAMMER, is playing in almost 100 theaters across the nation this Thursday and next Wednesday. It is based on the inspiring true story of deaf UFC Fighter Matt Hamill and it won the audience award at eight of the eight film festivals it played at. I think this probably means that audiences like it. At the AFI Film Festival the LA Times called it a “hidden gem.” FirstShowing.net said it was “powerful, poignant, and uplifting.”  Oren’s mom said it was “pretty good.”  

Here’s the trailer.

THE HAMMER is playing everywhere, from San Jose to Salt Lake City to New York City’s Times Square, walking distance from a TGI Friday’s! It is the first American feature film that deaf and hearing audiences can watch together in the theater, which is great because I like a quiet theater. (More on this in the comments section.) The movie is only playing twice in each city, so find your theater here and get tickets here.On a personal note, I think Kaplan is one hell of a talented director. He climbed his way through the ranks of the online video world (we did a few videos together and he succeeded in spite of this) to make his first feature. Want more good movies coming out of Hollywood? Support Oren Kaplan and see this film! It’s a knockout!
 UPDATE: Thanks to the groundswell of support from joedonatelli.com, the movie’s director has released a new poster.
Joe Donatelli
Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles
  • Why is it “the first American feature film that deaf and hearing audiences can watch together in the theater?” Is it all captioned or something?

  • Joe Donatelli

    I’ll find out.

  • Joe Donatelli

    From Oren: Yes, the film is presented OPEN CAPTIONED. It is mostly in English with some ASL in it, so the captions are needed for Deaf people for the English parts, and non-ASL-speakers for the ASL parts. It’ll be a different type of movie watching experience than you’ve ever had, as there will be Deaf and hearing people in the theater together

  • Well that’s cool. Trailer looks good.

  • Esmeralda

    What theatres are playing this movie?

  • Joe Donatelli

    Esmerelda — the link is in the story, but here it is again. http://thehammerfilm.com/TheHammer-NearestTheaters.php

  • Charmaine

    Darn it, I missed this while browseing the internet…But when will The Hammer be released on DVD? I love any movies that are based on real people, and I’m deaf myself, so that’s a double cool. Also my daddy loves movies about wrestling. So that’d be a cool movie for my family to watch together. I’m so glad I came across your blog. :)

  • Joe Donatelli

    Oren emailed me to say: The DVD is coming out on January 31st, but anyone can preorder it at thehammerfilm.com. Otherwise, it’ll be on iTunes and VOD.


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