Movie Review – 23Blast, A Faith-based Football Film Of Tragedy and Hope

23BlastFreeman, played by Stephen Lang (Avatar, Terra Nova), has not only lost his sight but his ability to live out his passion and continue playing football. But that passion will not quit and he finds himself dreaming football every time the game is played without him.When Travis Freeman a high-school football player, became blind from a football accident, his world, his hope and future looked to have come to an end. How could such a tragedy hit someone so young and so talented?

Friends, family and therapists help push Freeman along to a life worth living in spite of blindness.

The characters-played by 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)-are convincing and believable.

23Blast tells Freeman’s story-a story packed with raw emotion, fear, hopelessness, humor and the unexpected. An inspiring story the world should know.

Coming to theaters on October 24th, you don’t want to miss this film. Ocean Avenue Entertainment and K-Love/AIR1 radio have teen up to support this family-friendly feature film, 23 Blast.

So, what does Travis Freeman think of the movie inspired by his story? Check out my interview below.

JD-HI Travis, good to meet you. Were you a st rong believer before losing your sight?

TF-Yes. I professed faith at age eleven, the summer before I lost my sight. (I lost my siight at 12-years-old.) Thank God, I was grounded in the faith by a strong family.

JD-How did the film affect you? Did you find yourself reliving that period of your life?

TF-Yes, definitely. But the film is not the Travis Freeman story. It is only loosely inspired by my story. But the film does a good job and gets the message across.

JD-What was it lie to play football blind?

TF-Disability is not equal to inability. When we have strong faith, we can overcome obstacles. When I became blind, my life was turned upside down. It took me a year to learn to live life again. And by the end of 7th Grade, I’d assimilated back into normal life.

When my mom asked the coach if I could just be an extra part of the team, he said “no. If Travis is to be part of the team, I want him to play.”

So in August 1994, I became the first blind football player. It wasn’t anything special to me. I was living my life. It seemed normal. It wasn’t spectacular to me.

JD-When did you feel the call to serve God and what are you doing now?

TF-When I was a sophomore in college. I then graduated from the University of Kentucky, then got my Masters of Theology and a Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I’m presently an adjunct professor at the University of Cumberland.

In the future I’d like to teach full-time as a college professor and, at some point, to travel, write and speak. Also to focus more on the Travis Freeman Foundation: www.travisfreeman.org.

Travis has also written his autobiography, Lights Out, Living in a Dark World. Find it on his website.

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By Janey DeMeo for ASSIST News Service
Janey DeMeo is founder and director of Orphans First — a nonprofit organization helping suffering children around the world. She is also an author and speaker. Her husband, Louis, is a church-planter, mentor and pastor. They were formerly missionaries to France for 22 years and also worked in developing countries. They are now based in Southern California where they continue their ministry mentoring people to walk closer to Jesus. They both taught at the Calvary Chapel Bible College.

 

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