Through the life of hearing-impaired UFC fighter Matt Hamill, “The Hammer” tells the story of what it takes to be a champion, on and off the mat.
“The Hammer” is a coming-of-age drama depicting the struggles and successes involved in becoming a champion. Raised among those with the ability to hear, Matt later finds himself no less of an outsider among the the hearing impaired. But through sheer determination, he uses his ‘perceived’ disability as an asset, and becomes not only the first deaf wrestler to win a national collegiate wrestling championship, but an inspirational force to both those with and without a sense of hearing alike.
Winner of eight film festivals – Breakthrough Award (AFI Fest 2010), Audience Award (Miami Int. FF), American Independent Award (Cleveland Int. FF), Best American Independent Film (Philly CineFest FF), Audience Award (Florida FF), Audience Award (Newport Beach FF), Audience Award (Maui FF), Crystal Heart Award (Heartland FF) – Dan “Punkass” Caldwell, founder and CEO of the TAPOUT brand and also executive producer of the movie THE HAMMER”, fielded three questions from GRACIEMAG.com.
How are you feeling after all this hard work and what you can say about the movie “The Hammer” ?
As an executive producer I’m very excited about my new film “The Hammer”. It’s a truly inspiring film about the life of UFC fighter Matt Hamill! I’m very excited. Please readers, support the film. You can watch “The Hammer” in select theaters on Oct 27 and Nov 2.
How often do you train BJJ?
I love BJJ, I started training BJJ after I watched the first UFC , and after that I never stopped training . I love BJJ and MMA, and my newest passion is making movies .
What do you have to say to your fans around the world?