Wednesday, March 7, 2012

23 Blast Press Release


23 Blast
Schann Mobley, Local Casting Director


Kentucky male residents will have the opportunity to audition for roles, and as extras, in a feature film set to start filming first week of April. Actor Dylan Baker (Spiderman 2 & 3, Secretariat) will make his directing debut with 23 Blast, a film inspired by the true story of Travis Freeman, a blind Kentucky high school football player.

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Corbin High School Field House, an athletic practice facility on the campus, the crew will hold a combine audition for athletic males (ages 18-30) who are interested in portraying football players in the film.

Interested men should respond via email with their contact information to They will be asked to bring a photo ID, wear comfortable sportswear, and come to the Corbin High School Ossie Birch Field House on Wednesday, March 21st at 6:00pm ready to show off their athleticism. Actors will be asked to run some agility drills and participate in various warm ups for the camera. NO CONTACT at the audition. Filming will be on location in Corbin, KY during the month of April.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Travis Freeman

23 Blast : ABOUT THE FILM:

A heroic film about camaraderie and perseverance, 23 Blast is the true story of Travis Freeman and his inspiring journey in finding the courage to live sightless in a world he had to discover afresh. 

In the prime of his youth, Travis lost his sight due to a sinus infection caused by a rare disease.  Overnight, he became irreversibly blind, and had to cope with all the new trials and changes awaiting him.  Despite first giving up on his hopes and any semblance of living a “normal life,” Travis found that the love and support of his family and closest friends could push him to extraordinary heights.  With the strict coaching of a feisty physical therapist, Travis began learning how to live with his disability and to put his life back on track.  His courage and determination proved to those around him that he was the same, fun-loving and talented young man that he was before.  And his attitude and capabilities caught the attention of his former coach, Coach Farris. 

In dire need of extra strength on his front line, Coach Farris did the unthinkable and asked a blind Travis to play for his team, the Corbin Redhounds, again.  Defying the school board and the community’s other parents, Coach Farris put his job on the line believing enough in Travis to let him play. Not as a receiver anymore, but as a center; starting each play of the game by snapping the ball to his quarterback and blocking for him.  Travis re-learned how to play, relying on his other senses and his instincts, and showed that nothing could dampen the spirit of a champion.