Producers of "23 Blast" will give back to national charities
By: Blair Martin, Staff Writer
In honor of Oct. 24 release of 23 Blast, a film about America’s first blind football player, producers are pledging to support various national charities aimed at helping youth overcome life’s hardships.
The movie is based on the true life story of Travis Freeman, who lost his sight overnight due to a severe and rare sinus infection and went on to successfully play football at Corbin High School in Kentucky.
According to Freeman, who is now an ordained minister and professor at University of the Cumberlands, everyone has disabilities to overcome or obstacles to conquer in one’ own life.
“For some it’s cancer; for others it’s the loss of a job and still for others it might be the death of a loved one,” he said in a statement. “For me, it was the loss of my sight. In all of these situations we cannot allow the circumstances to dictate what we think about God; instead, we must allow God to dictate what we think about our circumstances.”
Last week, producers of 23 Blast announced that in honor of “World Blindness Awareness Month” in October, they would support charities nationwide, including Freeman’s own Travis Freeman Foundation, whose mission is to “educate leaders and organizations to the realities of those with disabilities.”
Tony Dungy, former professional American football player and first African American National Football League head coach is one of the film’s strong supporters.
“23 Blast is a powerful movie about football and perseverance,” Dungy said in a statement. “If you’re looking for an inspiring movie that the whole family can enjoy, go see this film!”
The film stars Dylan Baker, Alexa Vega, Mark Hapka, Max Adler, Bram Hoover, Timothy Busfield, and Fred D. Thompson, and is written by Bram and Toni Hoover, directed and produced by Dylan Baker (Spider-Man 2 and 3, 13 Days) and produced by Gary Donatelli and Toni Hoover. The movie will release on Oct. 24 through Ocean Avenue Entertainment, Inc. in association with Toy Gun Films.
The film’s release will also include a descriptive audio channel, which allows visually impaired to enjoy the movie in theaters.
For more information on 23 Blast, please visit www.23blast.com.