“23 Blast” tells a fact-based story about a star high school football player in Kentucky who gets a killer infection and ends up, in a matter of hours, completely and irreversibly blind. It’s about a kid without a care in the world, whose entire sense of himself is bound up with the idea of playing football, who becomes suddenly helpless — and, for a time, hopeless.

The film marks the directing debut of Dylan Baker, a character actor who has been a familiar face in movies for the last 20 years. Baker takes material that might have made for a sentimental after-school special and invests it with lots of honest observation. Just as important to the film as the characters and their tribulations is Baker’s feeling for small-town life, for the kinds of people who live in towns where the football team is something everybody knows and cares about, and where the play-by-play is actually broadcast on the radio.

But then Travis caught something else: bacterial meningitis. It began as a simple headache and then, the next morning, his eyes were almost swollen shut. At the hospital, he was treated with a battery of antibiotics and, finally, whisked into surgery. But it was too late: The infection had obliterated his eyesight. Travis was blind. Going from being able to see and do all the things he use to , this was a big shock to him. Would he ever be able to do what he use too.

Slowly, Travis comes to grip with his new reality, fumbling forward step by step. He goes back to school and then starts showing up at football practice again, maybe just to hear Coach Farris yell. Shouting, Travis explains to friend Ashley, is just Coach's way of expressing affection.

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.

We follow Travis and Jerry Baker, his closest friend, from the time they meet on the football field as kids through high school. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.

The movie is rated PG-13, so please use discretion if you show it to your children who are under the age of 13. You do not have to watch this movie with your children, you may screen it without them.

Poster Art for the film: https://www.dropbox.com/s/oqvpq0up9d23r1x/23B_ONESHEET_F.pdf?dl=0

Theater Listings: http://23blast.com/theaters/

Movie Website: http://www.23blast.com

YouTube trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7ptj9XArNQ


Dropbox folder (images): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wqsx1regsjcvkz8/AADvtEOjbuY16XnNlhxP3_Rga?dl=0







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