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.