Skip to main content

'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 23blast.com.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Complete Story of 'The Doctors' (1963-1973)

Daytime TV covered the world of soap operas for decades before finally folding in the 1990s. In the mid-70s, the magazine did an excellent series titled "The Complete Story of..." recounting the history of a soap opera from its inception. Below is the historical feature on the first 10 years of NBC's The Doctors (1963-1973), which is currently being aired on Retro TV. Some of the interesting tidbits include: * The Doctors did not start as a serial; it began as a "half-hour anthology series of medical dramas, set in the large metropolitan Hope Memorial Hospital, and with the four principals alternating daily in the lead role, according to NBC's original announcement. The roles were Dr. William Scott (played by Jock Gaynor), Dr. Jerry Chandler (portrayed by Richard Roat), Dr. Elizabeth Hayes (played by Margot Moser) and Rev. Samuel Shafer, a hospital chaplain (played by Fred J. Scollay). * Later in the first season, Herb Kenwith and Paul Lammers became

Melody Thomas Scott Memoir 'Always Young And Restless' Out This Summer

Emmy Award-nominated Melody Thomas Scott admits she is nothing like her The Young and the Restless role, which has seen it all in her forty-one-year tenure on America’s highest-rated daytime serial. But the high drama, angst, and catastrophes aren’t confined to her character’s plotlines. In her first-ever book, the captivating memoir "Always Young And Restless" (Diversion Books; July 14, 2020, available for pre-order now; $26.99, Hardcover; ISBN 978-1635-766943), Melody reveals the intimate and complicated truths of her upbringing as well as behind-the-scenes tales of her own riveting journey to becoming an icon and searching for “normal.” “Even though I have spent almost my entire life as an actress and performer, I have kept my private life well behind the scenes,” said Scott. “Now, I am ready to share these stories of survival and success that have shaped me into who I am today.” As Nikki Newman went from impoverished stripper to resourceful, vivacious heroine—with m

Justin Gocke Dead at 36

Former child actor Justin Gocke died on September 8. He was 36. Justin Earle Gocke was born on January 31, 1978 in Los Angeles, California. Justin Gocke and Farrah Fawcett in The Burning Bed . He started in the entertainment business at age 6, landing the first job he auditioned for, The Burning Bed movie starring Farrah Fawcett. He continued to work until age 14, ending his acting career shortly after he started high school. His credits included the role of Brandon Capwell in NBC daytime soap opera Santa Barbara , for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1989. "It was such a fun and memorable day," Gocke recalled in a 2009 interview. He was nominated again in 1991. Gocke shared his most memorable Santa Barbara scenes with Robin Mattson (Gina) and Justin Deas (Keith). "We were like family, on and off screen," Gocke said.