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See the 23 Blast Movie ~ Hope Triumphs Over Despair
I am a big fan of movies and television. I love watching true stories because I am fascinated by all of the things that happens in our lives. I also get very inspired by those who persevere. We have all of the movies here in our house on DVD.
23 Blast is just such a movie. I finished watching it yesterday and I have to say that it is an amazing movie about just how much someone can overcome to reach their goals. The story is about a teenager named Travis Freeman who was a football star in Kentucky. He faces something tough to deal with for anyone let alone a teenage boy and manages to overcome the huge obstacles in his way.
ABOUT 23 BLAST
23 Blast is based on the amazing true story of Travis Freeman, who was a typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky.
Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the fall of 1997, in the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve. He becomes blind overnight. Under the influence of parents who love him, a physical therapist who challenges him, a coach who inspires him, and a best friend who he cannot bear to leave behind, Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, helping his team advance to the State playoffs.
The movie follows Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. Baker’s attraction to the dark side of teenage temptations, beer and drugs, threatens to pull the friends apart. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.
The film stars Stephen Lang (Avatar, Terra Nova), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids, Machete Kills), Mark Hapka (Day of Our Lives, Criminal Minds), Max Adler (Glee), Bram Hoover, Kim Zimmer (Guiding Light, One Life to Live), Becky Ann Baker (Men in Black, Freaks and Geeks, A Simple Plan) Timothy Busfield (Field of
Dreams, thirtysomething), Dylan Baker, and Fred D. Thompson (Sinister, Law & Order, Die Hard 2).
23 Blast is written by Bram Hoover (who also stars as Jerry Baker) and Toni Hoover, directed/produced by Dylan Baker (Spider-Man 2 & 3, 13 Days) and produced by Gary Donatelli and Toni Hoover. Executive producers for the movie include Daniel Snyder (owner of the Washington Redskins), Misook Doolittle and Brent Ryan Green.
FUN FACTS ABOUT 23 BLAST
23 Blast was shot entirely on location in Corbin, Ky.
Travis Freeman has been busy since his football days. He recently earned a Ph.D. and is currently an instructor of religion at the University of the Cumberlands in nearby Williamsburg, Ky.
23 Blast won the 2013 Heartland Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award for Narrative Feature.
If you have the chance, go see the movie. Get ready to cry and be inspired all at once.
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