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'23 Blast' Premieres in New York City (Photos)

Dylan Baker and Mark Hapka. Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos
Emmy-nominated actor Dylan Baker makes his directorial debut in the new movie 23 Blast. When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible, total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe, protected life or to summon the courage through playing football to step back into the world.

Written by Bram Hoover and Toni Hoover, 23 Blast is based on the amazing, true story of Travis Freeman. A typical teenager growing up in a small town in Kentucky, Travis is a local hero on and off the field. In the prime of his youth, he is unexpectedly stricken with an infection that destroys his optic nerve; he becomes blind overnight. Travis is played in the film by former Days of our Lives star Mark Hapka.

Also starring are Bram Hoover, Stephen Lang, Max Adler, Alexa PenaVega, Dylan Baker, Kim Zimmer, Becky Ann Baker and Timothy Busfield

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. Jerry’s attraction to the dark side of teenage temptations threatens to pull the friends apart. It is only on the football field where they truly connect.

Depicting a story of hope triumphing over despair, of courage and faith overcoming fear and of victory prevailing over adversity, 23 Blast is designed to encourage and uplift audiences.
The cast also includes Crystal Hunt, Fred Thompson, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Kevin Cooney and Scott Sowers.

23 Blast will be released nationwide on Friday, October 24, but a premiere was held in New York City on Monday night at Regal Cinemas E-Walk Theatre. Check out photos from the event below:

A.C. Weary, Kim Zimmer and Max Weary. Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Josh Charles, Stephen Lang and Richard Kind. Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Kelley Missal, Mark Hapka, Gary Donatelli and Kristen Alderson. Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Gary Donatelli, Kim Zimmer and Mark Hapka. Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

David Hyde Pierce. Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Kelley Missal, Mark Hapka and Kristen Alderson.
Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Bram Hoover. Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Victor Garber. Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Kristen Alderson and Kelley Missal. Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Dan Snyder, Misook Doolittle and Brent Ryan Green serve as executive producers of 23 Blast. Toni Hoover and former One Life to Live director Gary Donatelli were producers.

For a complete list of theaters where 23 Blast is playing, visit


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