After a solid run at the 2011 Heartland Film Festival, The Hammer hits theaters Thursday October 27! This Crystal Heart Award winner won over Festival goers with the story of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Championship. Raised among those with the ability to hear, Matt later finds himself no less an outsider amidst the Deaf Community. Through sheer determination, he uses his perceived disability as an asset to beat the odds.
With screenings all over the country, there’s bound to be a location near you. Head to The Hammer Official Website for screening locations.
Elevate Crystal Heart Award Winner / Documentary Feature / Director: Anne Buford Filmed over four years, from the dilapidated cement courts of Senegal to upscale American prep schools, Elevate documents the extraordinary personal journeys of four particularly tall West African Muslim teenagers. Read more about Elevate.
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Crystal Heart Award Winner / Narrative Feature / Director: Oren Kaplan
This film is a sports drama depicting the struggles and successes Matt Hamill faces on the way to becoming a wrestling champion. Read more about The Hammer.
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Boys of Bonneville: Racing on a Ribbon of Salt
Official Selection / Documentary Feature / Directors: Curt Wallin
This documentary tells the story of an unsung hero and self-made man, David Abbott Jenkins, who, with almost superhuman stamina and boyish charm, set out to single-handedly break every existing land speed record on his beloved Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah. Read more about Boys of Bonneville: Racing on a Ribbon of Salt.
Official Selection / Narrative Feature / Director: Debs Paterson
Official Selection / Narrative Feature / Director: John Lawrence
While bike messenger Phillipe Nash dreams of racing bikes, he also has a hard time committing to anything in his life, let alone a sport that demands pain, suffering and hours of training. When Nash loses his job and his apartment on the same day that he unexpectedly confronts his ex-girlfriend, he turns to his childhood friend, Jack. Jack knows that Nash needs a kick in the pants to pick up his life. Jack and the ex-girlfriend, Kate, both challenge Nash to commit to bike racing. More about Peloton.