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Throwing Hammers is a quirky dramedy about a disgraced former curler that returns to his hometown and attempts to rebuild his life, but is drawn back into his love of the sport by his best friends.
Throwing Hammers is a celebration of friendships. It’s a quirky dramedy about
friends and family and… curling. (“Throwing Hammers” is a curling term. The hammer is
the last stone thrown during the end of a game and the team with the hammer usually
has the scoring advantage.)
Kenny Stuntbeck is a small town Wisconsin kid obsessed with curling and all things
Canadian. His dream is to compete in the Tim Horton’s Brier, the Canadian Super Bowl
of curling. His problem, besides not being Canadian, is that he still lives at home and has
a dead end job working in his dad’s ice cream and bait shop.
He has no real sense of direction in his life since he disgraced himself at a Junior World
Curling event. Two of his best friends aren’t much help. When they’re not stocking
shelves at Piggly Wiggly, they like to spend their days drinking and ice fishing. Wenzler,
the self proclaimed brains of the group isn’t much help either. It’s unclear what he does
to pay the rent, but he always has the guy’s back and is one scheme away from
Kenny hooks up with Maggie Brown, a promising college student and the girl he’s had a
crush on since the 6th grade, but with the trajectories of their lives apparently heading in
different directions, nothing is certain in Kenny’s life except curling.
His ragtag group of friends helps cheer him up by forming a curling team. The foursome
battle through the adversities and challenges of finding one’s way in the world as they
start their quest to win the state curling championship.
Somewhere along the way they prove to themselves that their friendship is worth
something more than a name on a plaque or headline, and that sometimes you have to
help your friends aim high or you all may miss your target. Sometimes, when it matters
most, you have to throw hammers to succeed.
The script just won Best Comedy Screenplay at the Filmmatic Screenplay Competition in
L.A., is a winner at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards and was named a
Hot 100 Finalist at the Capital Fund Screenwriting Competition and a Finalist in the Stage 32/National Lampoon Search for Comedy Writing Gold contest.