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Gleason

About the Film

After former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason receives a devastating diagnosis of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, he turns the camera on himself to provide his then-unborn son a sense of the father he may never know otherwise. These heartfelt video recordings grow increasingly evocative and demonstrate tenderness, vulnerability, and parental pride, even as ALS takes a physical and emotional toll on Steve and his steadfast wife, Michel. Still, the couple and their supporters refuse to give up hope. Not only do they use humor to cope with their ever-changing reality, but they charge ahead with inspirational optimism to found Team Gleason, which organizes adventure activities and advocates for the adoption of new medical technologies aimed at improving communication and quality of life for people living with ALS. Clay Tweel’s emotionally powerful portrait was an audience award winner at the SXSW Film Festival.

Clay Tweel in attendance.
 

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Film Information

Section Spotlight Film
Type Documentary
Length 110 min
Year 2016
Language English
Country USA
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Creative Team

Director Clay Tweel
Producer Mary Rohlich, Scott Fujita, Tom Lavia, Thomas McEachin, Mark Shapiro, Will Staeger, Seth Gordon, Kimi Culp, Kevin Lake
Editor Clay Tweel
Composer Dan Romer, Saul Simon MacWilliams
Cinematographer Ty Minton-Small, David Lee
Screenwriter Clay Tweel

Cast

Cast Steve Gleason, Michel Gleason, Rivers Gleason

Screening Information

Ticket Price $25.00

Date 06/24, 4:30PM
Venue Bennett Hall
Address 62 Centre Street

Date 06/26, 11:15AM
Venue Dreamland Main
Address 17 South Water Street