Gleason Movie Coming to Select Theaters July 29th
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. p>
FGLEASON is written and directed by J. Clay Tweel (Finders Keepers, Print the Legend). Cameras operated by Ty MintonSmall and David Lee. Edited by Tweel and Brian Palmer (Finders Keepers, Print the Legend). Music by Dan Romer (Beasts of No Nation, Beasts of the Southern Wild). Music sound designer Saul Simon MacWilliams (Beasts of No Nation). Appearances by Steve Gleason, Michel Varisco, Blair Casey, Mike Gleason, Paul Varisco Sr., Scott Fujita, Drew Brees, Mike McCready, Eddie Vedder and Rivers Varisco Gleason. Produced by Seth Gordon, Kimi Culp, Scott Fujita, Mary Rohlich, Tom Lavia, Thomas McEachin and Kevin Lake. Executive producers are Mark Shapiro, Will Staeger and Paul Varisco Sr. The film opens in select theaters nationwide on July 29th, 2016.
The Answer ALS research initiative, born out of the efforts of Steve and Team Gleason, has launched “A Game-Changing Moment” campaign in partnership with the NFL. The pro-bono campaign features epic “game-changing” moments throughout NFL history including Dwight Clark’s “The Catch,” Roger Staubach’s “The Hail Mary,” and Steve Gleason’s “The Rebirth.” The campaign aims to connect with NFL fans by reminding them of emotion-filled plays and asking them to help give ALS, a disease that has no treatment or a cure, its own game-changing moment.
Steve Gleason will always be remembered for his blocked punt on the night the New Orleans Superdome reopened for the first time after Hurricane Katrina. Steve played for The New Orleans Saints from 2000-2008. In 2011, Steve was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), considered a terminal neuro-muscular disease. Steve is determined to inspire others by continuing to pursue life adventures despite his diagnosis, and has challenged the worlds of technology and science to identify their most promising developments toward new treatments and a cure.
Steve and his friends and family started Team Gleason to generate public awareness for ALS, raise funding to empower those with ALS to live a rewarding life, and ultimately find a cure.Read More About Steve >>