Steve's response to learning his film was accepted at the Sundance Film Festival:
I’m humbled to share some exciting news with you today. The Sundance Film Festival has just announced that our feature-length documentary “Gleason” has been accepted into the Documentary competition and will premiere in front of audiences for the very first time.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Sundance Film Festival, founded by the incomparable Robert Redford, has introduced global audiences to some of the most groundbreaking films of the last three decades. We could not be more honored to screen the film here in front of tens of thousands of people in Park City this January.
As you may know, this project began as a series of personal video journals for our son Rivers, as a way of sharing my life, who I am, and love for him, when I was first diagnosed with ALS in 2011. Although it has been a uniquely difficult journey at times, we believe it is an important message to share. Our film is not just focused on living with ALS, but on a more universal story, exposing the resilience of the human spirit, when faced with extreme adversity.
The hope is that this film will be a catalyst for positive change and choices for those who face major challenges in life. Thanks to my extraordinary family, friends, “film guys”, as well as talented director J. Clay Tweel, that this story will be told. If there is a takeaway, we believe those who watch might think differently about life, love and family.
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 >>