Purple™ Sponsors “The Hammer” Movie – the Inspiring Story of Deaf UFC Fighter Matt Hamill
ROCKLIN, CALIF., OCT. 25, 2011 – Purple Communications™, Inc., a leading provider of innovative communications for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired, is proudly sponsoring “The Hammer” film, produced by Film Harvest, TapOuT Films and Fifth Year Productions, and starring deaf actors Russell Harvard and Shoshannah Stern as Matt and Kristi Hamill, and Raymond J. Barry as Matt's grandfather. “The Hammer” opens in theaters nationwide on October 27, and is the first widely-released, open-captioned movie.
To find theaters showing "The Hammer", as well as information about the film, please visit http://purple.us/thehammerfilm
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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CONTACT: Purple Communications Theresa Hong Theresa.Hong@purple.us 916-663-6828 Purple™ Sponsors “The Hammer” Movie – the Inspiring Story of Deaf UFC Fighter Matt HamillIn theaters nationwide on October 27, “The Hammer” is the first widely-released, open-captioned movie ROCKLIN, CALIF., OCT. 25, 2011 – Purple Communications™, Inc., a leading provider of innovative communications for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech- impaired, is proudly sponsoring “The Hammer” film, produced by Film Harvest, TapOuT Films and Fifth Year Productions, and starring deaf actors Russell Harvard and Shoshannah Stern as Matt and Kristi Hamill, and Raymond J. Barry as Matt‟s grandfather. “The Hammer” opens in theaters nationwide on October 27, and is the first widely- released, open-captioned movie. The movie tells the story of deaf wrestler, Matt Hamill. Raised by a hearing family, Hamill finds himself an outsider in the Deaf community, but follows his dreams, eventually becoming the first deaf wrestler to win a national collegiate championship. Hamill, who became a UFC fighter, contributed to the movie, sharing intimate moments of his life. “For me, it‟s a close retrospective look at myself as a kid struggling to accept myself and being deaf,” he said. “It was tough in the beginning, but I grew wiser and came to understand that limits are often self-imposed – the movie reflects my personal growth and understanding of the knocks life sometimes tends to throw.” “We are incredibly proud and honored to sponsor „The Hammer‟ film,” said Purple Vice President of Sales Mark Bella. “As a deaf individual, this film resonated with me, but what‟s more is I think it will resonate with anyone who has a dream – that‟s what excites me about this film, it‟s not a „deaf‟ film, but a film that shows people they have the power to succeed.” Stern said she knew from the beginning this movie was special, not only because of the story, but because of the common themes it addresses. “Whether you‟re deaf or hearing, I think everyone‟s always searching for ways to connect with other people and the world around them,” she explained. “For deaf people – especially deaf children
who may be experiencing similar things that Matt did in the film – I want them to knowthere are other people out there who get what that‟s like, and that they can grow upto be superstars.”The movie is also the first to feature open captions delivered to a wide audience.Sometimes viewed as a risk, many producers and distributors don‟t offer captioning forwidely distributed films for fear of alienating their hearing audiences. But as “TheHammer” producer and writer Eben Kostbar points out, this ultimately leads todiscrimination among deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences.“Equal communications access should be a right, not a luxury,” Kostbar explained. “Thisisn‟t a „deaf‟ or „hearing‟ movie – it‟s a movie about overcoming challenges andreaching new heights – one of our goals was to make this movie so that everyone couldexperience Matt‟s story. I don‟t see our decision to make this film open captions„groundbreaking,‟ but instead, just the right thing to do.”Stern agrees, adding, “Access is everything – my grandparents weren‟t able to go tocaptioned movies because the technology wasn‟t there. We‟ve come such a longway, yet deaf people today often find themselves in the exact same spot mygrandparents were in. We have the technology – use it.”In addition to the movie, Purple is also a proud sponsor of former UFC fighter Matt “TheHammer” Hamill. A Purple legend, Hamill retired from a successful UFC career thisAugust. Hamill owns Mohawk Valley Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), where he continues totrain and help future generations achieve what he has accomplished.For more information on movie locations or to purchase tickets online, click here.Twitter-friendly Quotes.@PurpleComm is a proud sponsor of @TheHammerFilm, which opens in theaters acrossthe U.S. October 27 - http://bit.ly/oaD6SU!.@PurpleComm’s @markbella “@TheHammerFilm isn‟t a „deaf‟ film, it‟s a film that showseveryone that they have the power to succeed.”.@TheHammerFilm actress @Shoshannah7 “I hope this film shows deaf kids they cangrow up to be superstars, like @HammerUFC.”
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