This film is groundbreaking. The first feature length film of its kind. Written and Produced by Joseph McKelheer and Eben Kostbar, Directed by Oren Kaplan with Matt Hamill's full support. The Hammer is based on the true story of the first deaf NCAA Wrestling Champion and UFC Fighter, Matt "The Hammer" Hamill. This film follows Matt from childhood to navigating through college on his mission of becoming a national wrestling champion, despite what some would call his "handicap." The Hammer is the first of what we hope will be many films and tv shows to feature a large amount of deaf and Hard of Hearing cast/crew. Matt Hamill supported the originally slated star, Eben Kostbar (Writer/Producer), to fill his shoes. However, the writers/producers chose to cast a deaf actor in the role for authenticity. This proved to be the greatest decision they could make, as it opened many doors for Deaf/HOH people in the film industry. This film features some ASL with subtitles for the hearing audience. The audio is edited in certain parts for the hearing audience to try to experience what it would be like to be deaf; although no hearing person can truly understand what it's like. While watching this film you will experience many emotions. There were moments that made me laugh, moments that made me cry and moments that kept me on the edge of my seat. Wrestling has never been so exciting! The entire cast is extraordinary and deliver pure emotions on screen. You will fall in love with Russell Harvard and Michael Anthony Spady will become your new best friend! In theaters the film is fully captioned, however you may turn that option on or off while watching the DVD. Extra features were fun to watch. This film was accepted into 8 film festivals, and swept all 8! This is the first film of its kind; story is one of triumph and inspiration which the writers and director captured beautifully.