Gleason

"A powerful look into the disease's shockingly rapid pace and one man's battle against it. "
- John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
"Tweel has crafted a film that goes beyond the facts of Gleason's life into the depths of human anguish and resilience that define character. It promotes an awareness of ALS that goes beyond the best-intended any ice-bucket challenge — and ranks as a profound achievement."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Synopsis

Shortly after former New Orleans Saints star defensive back Steve Gleason is diagnosed with ALS at the age of 34, he learns that his wife Michel is pregnant with their first child. Determined to live his remaining years to its fullest, Steve goes on an expedition to Alaska, creates a foundation to help other ALS patients, repairs a rocky relationship with his father and embraces new technologies to help compensate for his deteriorating physical abilities — all with Michel’s unwavering support. Brimming with humor and heart, this inspirational documentary follows a man who battles overwhelming adversity to find his true purpose in life.
Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 110 min
Year: 2016

CREDITS

CAST
Michel Varisco ()
Steve Gleason ()
DIRECTED BY
Clay Tweel

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Michel Varisco, Steve Gleason and Rivers Gleason in GLEASON. Photo credit: Suzanne Alford. Courtesy of Open Road films.
Steve Gleason in GLEASON. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Open Road Films
Steve Gleason and Rivers Gleason in GLEASON. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Open Road Films.
Rivers Gleason, Michel Varisco and Steve Gleason in GLEASON. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Open Road Films.
Steve and Rivers Gleason in GLEASON. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Open Road Films.
Michel Varisco, Steve Gleason and Rivers Gleason in GLEASON. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Open Road Films.
Michel Varisco, Steve Gleason and Rivers Gleason in GLEASON. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Open Road Films.
Mike McCready and Steve Gleason in GLEASON. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Open Road Films.
Steve Gleason and Drew Brees in GLEASON. Photo Credit: Lori Burns Distributor: Open Road films.
Director Clay Tweel, GLEASON. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Open Road Films.