'23 Blast'

The director of “23 Blast,” Dylan Baker said Tuesday the movie did “around $400,000” at the box office nationwide last weekend — which he added was “great for a little (independent) film like ours. …We got half our budget back, so we’re excited.”

CORBIN — The Freeman Foundation is giving individuals the opportunity to experience a movie in a unique way.

The nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Travis Freeman, who lost his eyesight at 12 years old after undergoing surgery for a severe sinus infection behind his eyes, is known for creating awareness through a variety of community events and speaking engagements.

On Tuesday, the organization is hosting a new event called "Movie in the Dark" where guests will watch the descriptive video version of the movie "23 Blast". Freeman said guests will be blindfolded and watch a track that describes the action on scene.

The movie will begin at 7 p.m. at the Tri-County Cineplex. Tickets can be purchased for $5. This is a fundraising event as much as it is created to help raise awareness.

“This is to continue promoting our mission statement and it will also serve as a fundraiser to continue doing our wok and help us support disabled orphans in Haiti,”said Freeman.

The foundation's mission statement is: disability does not equal inability.

The inspiration for this event came from a series of questions Freeman has encountered over the years regarding how he watches movies and TV. Freeman said this will showcase one of the ways that can happen.

With football season arriving soon and Corbin being a football town, playing "23 Blast", based around events from Freeman’s life, was a no-brainer, he said.

The Freeman Foundation has hosted similar events like the Lights Out Dinner in the Dark allowing guests to experience eating dinner without seeing. Guests were blindfolded upon arrival and escorted to their tables where they were served a meal and heard a featured speaker, all while blindfolded.

The foundation has also been heading up 5K races where runners have a partner to help them run blindfolded.

As a young man, after adjusting to life in the dark, Freeman joined the football team his eighth-grade year as center. Together, the team won their conference championship. Freeman continued to play all four years of high school. His story made its way to New York and was featured on TODAY, Dateline, and other national media.

With the upcoming event, Freeman said his goal is to help break down barriers that exist between people who have disabilities and those that do not.

“We want people to understand that just because you have a disability that doesn’t mean that you are hopeless or helpless or incapable,” added Freeman. “We want people to know that people with disabilities can be a productive part of society.”

People can register for tickets on the Freeman Foundation's Facebook page. Tickets are available first come first serve.

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