Russell Harvard stars as Matt Hamill in THE HAMMER, a biographical film that will be screening throughout the months of October and November at both Houston Alamo Drafthouse locations.
THE HAMMER follows the true-life story of Matt Hamill, a deaf wrestler and mixed martial artist who broke boundaries by becoming the first deaf person to win a collegiate wrestling championship.
The movie is a labor of love for the filmmakers — the team behind the movie spent five years developing the project. In order to honor Hamill’s inspirational journey, the filmmakers actually sought out deaf cast and crewmembers for the film — including star Russell Harvard who was born deaf. Audiences may recognize Harvard from his role in THERE WILL BE BLOOD as the adult son of Daniel Plainview. To simulate the experience of being deaf, the film alternates between use of sound and absence of sound and frequently uses subtitles, sometimes with words missing.
The film has been well received as it made the festival circuit. In fact, at its world premiere at the American Film Institute Film Festival, THE HAMMER won a Breakthrough Film audience award. We’re very proud to be bringing this inspirational story to our theaters over the next few weeks. Don’t miss your chance to see the film on the big screen.