Production of "23 Blast" underway in Corbin

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Around Corbin, Travis Freeman is somewhat of a legend and many people look up to him.

He took what could have been a tragic situation and turned it into an inspiring one.

Now the movie "23 Blast" is being filmed in Corbin that tells Freeman's story.

"An inspirational story about a young man who had such a horrible thing happen to him, yet made himself stronger made himself fit back into society," said director Dylan Baker.

"23 Blast" is based on the true story of Travis Freeman, a teenager, who contracted a disease that left him blind, but this teenager did not let his disability get in the way of something he wanted to do. He wanted to play football for the Corbin Redhounds which he did.

It's been almost 19 years since Travis lost his eye sight, and now his mother Mary is watching it all unfold again.

Except this time she is watching someone else go through her pain.

Mary Freeman says it is kind of nerve wracking to watch her son's story play out in a movie.

Many of the actors say the inspiring story is what made them want to be a part of this film.

"I always love doing scripts that have meaning that will change people's way of thinking and change people's attitudes and perspective," said actor Max Adler.

"It's an inspirational story. It's also a fun script and one that people will enjoy watching," said Baker.

The director is so excited to be filming this movie in Corbin, the city where the true events transpired.

He just hopes this movie will inspire others and have the same impact that Travis Freeman himself had on this community.

Travis Freeman is still inspiring people. He just completed his PHD in Louisville and is now looking for a church where he can be a minister.

This Saturday night, the directors are inviting everyone to come to the stadium. They will be filming several football scenes and would love a real crowd.

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