With that said, Hammer recognizes the positive cultural changes that appear to be taking place in a "post-Weinstein Hollywood."
“It seems like this shift is happening,” he says. “The people in power are no longer free to abuse it recklessly, which is great. For so long it was expected that the powerless would just take it.”
One step Hammer himself has taken is to pursue roles that highlight the kinds of role models he wants Harper to have.
Of taking on a forthcoming biopic about Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, starring Felicity Jones, Hammer says, "I made this film for my daughter,” adding, “I want her to have stories of strong women who changed the world from their own ironclad will. I don’t think there are enough of these out there.”
And Hammer believes exposure to new ideas is the key to development, not just in children, but adults too. His own education comes through the homosexual coming-of-age story, Call Me By Your Name.
"I feel like making this movie has freed me up in so many ways," he explains. "I no longer have to subscribe to the societal expectations of being a straight white male. The more a child travels, the less they are likely to be racist or xenophobic. This was like travelling, but just in an emotional capacity.”
Call Me By Your Name is in theaters now.