"23 Blast" premieres at Kentucky Theatre

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LEXINGTON, KY. (WKYT)- The film 23 Blast premieres Thursday night at 7 o'clock at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington.

While it centers around the sport of football, this isn't your typical football movie.

Travis Freeman defied the odds as a blind football player from Corbin.

His real-life story hits the big screen at 600 movie screens in the U.S. this weekend.

You'll likely recognize the film's Director, Dylan Baker, from his work on television and movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles, The Good Wife, Law and Order or Secretariat.

As for Freeman, a humble Kentucky boy, he never dreamed of all the attention he's receiving now.

"We all have things we deal with," said Freeman. "I want people to realize disability does not have to mean inability."

Baker says he was inspired to head up the project when a family friend gave him a script.

"We made it (film) here in Corbin," said Baker, who's making his debut behind the camera with the film's release. "It was independent, we raised the money ourselves. Now, the Hollywood Reporter has reviewed us. We hope we can make some people aware of our film."

23 Blast opens to audiences nationwide on Friday, October 24.

For tickets to the Lexington premiere, go to www.23Blast.com

Proceeds go to Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS).

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