A new feature film from director Dylan Baker. Based on the Amazingly True Story of Travis Freeman.
When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe handicapped life or bravely return to the life he once knew and the sport he still loves.
Travis shows us what true bravery is by competing on the gridiron, even after becoming blind overnight. Depicting a story of hope triumphing over despair, of courage and faith overcoming fear, and of victory prevailing over adversity, 23 Blast is designed to encourage and uplift audiences.
Today, Freeman is a college professor and a pastor, but at the tender age of 12, he tragically lost his eyesight to bacterial meningitis. Instead of slipping into depression and losing his spot on his high school football team, Freeman relied heavily on his faith as well as the support of his family, friends, and coaches. Discussing “23 Blast” as well as his autobiography “Lights Out,” Freeman explained he has no memory of the first days following his blindness, but can recall his unshakeable faith.
“My parents have always said that when I heard I wouldn’t see again, that I looked at them and said, ‘I believe I will see again, but if I don’t, I can’t wait to see what God going to do with this,'” Freeman shared while speaking to The Christian Post.
Furthermore, the adjunct instructor of religion at University of the Cumberlands put his faith entirely in God. Freeman relied on his beliefs to get him through the initial challenges of living a life in darkness, and continues to do so today.
“The role of faith was everything, I could not have made it through all that without faith in God and Christ- believing in the Gospel, believing God is good, He has a plan and is in control,” he told CP “Today, I have never been depressed or doubted my blindness and faith through this. It was something I accepted.”
Adding to his amazing story, Freeman actually returned to the football field shortly after losing his vision as a 12-year-old, and was able to play for his entire career at Corbin High School in Kentucky. Freeman’s inspiring personal strength as well as his ardent faith earned the attention of filmmaker Toni Huber who actually lived in Corbin and saw Freeman on the football field. It was Huber who approached Freeman about making a film “23 Blast,” leaving him humbled and grateful.
Release Date: (DVD/Blu-ray) January 20, 2015
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