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Learn more More Like This. When the Game Stands Tall If I Had Wings Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Coach Farris Alexa PenaVega Ashley as Alexa Vega Mark Hapka Travis Freeman Max Adler Cameron Marshall Kim Zimmer Jerry Baker Timothy Busfield Duncan Fred Dalton Thompson Coach Powers Becky Ann Baker Patty Wheatley Dylan Baker Larry Freeman Kevin Cooney Coach Burley Scott Sowers Marshall Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Edit Storyline In the prime of his youth, up and coming football star Travis Freeman lost his sight due to a sinus infection caused by a rare disease.
Edit Details Official Sites: Edit Did You Know? Add the first question. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Report this. Travis was rushed to the hospital as the infection began to spread and his head began to swell.
Because of the very rare sinus infection, Travis was rushed into surgery. Travis survived, but emerged from surgery blind.
Travis adjusted and soon began to live life normally in his home. Being a middle schooler, Travis still had a passion for football.
He and his parents approached Coach Willard Farris and asked if Travis could have a support role on the football team.
Just a year after his illness, he played his first game of organized football. He played all four years of high school and ended his football career in high school.
In the beginning, Dylan and Becky only intended to act in the film, but soon Dylan began to help Toni update the script and cast the project.
Eventually, Toni approached Dylan about directing the project and he agreed. The three decided to produce the film themselves, and after adding Line Producer , Carrie Holt de Lama, they traveled to Corbin to begin production.
USC football game , "23 Blast" was the audible run play for O. The table agreed that 23 Blast was the best choice and the name stuck.
The cast filmed on location in Corbin, Kentucky for a little under a month, shooting for 23 days. Filming was completed one day ahead of schedule.
Because Corbin played its games at night, the producers had to ask all the local football players who portrayed both sides of a game to stay all night, sometimes until early hours of the morning.
Several extras went to the local school, the University of the Cumberlands. One player, speaking for the group, asked Baker to allow them to leave one morning at 5: These players never complained, and there were many local extras who came back, again and again, regardless of how cold Corbin got in mid-April at dawn.
When a scene for Travis and his parents at Sunday services was added, the Freemans asked their church, Central Baptist Church, for permission to film there.
There were some late nights filming, but a great experience for the team in assisting with the production of the movie. As young boys, Travis and Jerry meet on the football field.
They are testing themselves against others, and find in their on-the-field talents a bond that extends beyond the game.
When the complexity of adolescence disrupts their lives and jeopardizes that friendship, both boys are forced to grow up. Travis loses his vision and Jerry loses his place on the team without his friend to guide and help him.
This theme of identity is visited often in 23 Blast. The filmmakers acknowledge being greatly influenced by movies such as Hoosiers , Rudy and Remember the Titans.
When elements of the town question his judgment, he sticks to his decisions to be inclusive instead of exclusive, to care more about the development of his boys as people than as football players.
There is also the theme of the whole operating better than its individual parts, just as a team plays much better when it works together against a common foe.
The real Travis Freeman has said repeatedly that he believes he will see again, and the film recognizes that in the story of his character.
Once the movie ends, Travis realizes that as a blind person he is still the same person he was with sight, he then sees clearly what his purpose is in life and understands what he wants to achieve.
This was a theme that permeated the production in front of and behind the lens. The story of 23 Blast behind the scenes is a story of overcoming obstacles and odds, persevering and choosing faith over fear.
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