RIT Premiere of “The Hammer” Set for Jan. 30

"The Hammer" will be shown at RIT on Jan. 30, 2012.
Story Highlights: 
  • Matt Hamill was a three-time NCAA Wrestling Division III National Champion while at RIT/NTID.
  • Since graduating, Matt became a contestant on the Ultimate Fighter Championship.
  • "The Hammer" is based on his experience at college; most of the film was shot in and around Rochester, including RIT.
  • The RIT premiere will be shown in the gym where Matt competed and where scenes from the film were shot.
  • Proceeds of the screening will be split between an endowed scholarship fund for students at NTID and RIT's wrestling program.
  • "The Hammer" will be available for sale nationwide on DVD/VOD on Jan. 31, 2012.

Matt Hamill, a Rochester Institute of Technology Hall of Fame wrestler who is the subject of the recently released movie, “The Hammer,” is expected to attend the RIT premiere of the film on Monday, Jan. 30.

Proceeds from the screening will be split between an endowed scholarship fund for students at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and RIT’s wrestling program. Hamill was a three-time NCAA Wrestling Division III National Champion while attending RIT.

“NTID and RIT changed my life,” said Hamill, who gained fame as an Ultimate Fighter Championship contestant. “I hope that the movie sends a message letting people know that anything is possible with hard work and dedication.”

Starring Russell Harvard, Shoshannah Stern and RIT/NTID alum Michael Anthony Spady, “The Hammer” was made in and around Rochester. Many scenes from RIT and Rochester School for the Deaf are featured. The film won numerous awards at film festivals around the country and was released in 100 cities in October. “The Hammer” is available for sale nationwide on DVD/VOD on Jan. 31.

The film, which has open captions, will be shown at 7 p.m. in RIT’s Clark Gym – the same location where Hamill won many of his matches. The gym is also prominently featured in the film. Hamill is expected to answer audience questions following the screening. Interpreting services will be provided.

The screening is co-sponsored by RIT Student Government, NTID Student Congress, RIT Alumni Relations and the NTID Office of the President.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $7, or $5 for RIT students. To reserve tickets, visit www.RITtickets.com or call (585) 475-4121.

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