‘Gleason’ Trailer: An Emotional Look at a Former NFL Player’s Journey with ALS

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Open Road Films has unveiled the first trailer for Gleason, the upcoming documentary that focuses on the life of former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS at age 34.

Gleason was given a life expectancy of between two to five years and, furthermore, found out a few weeks later that his wife, Michel, was expecting their first child. Fueled by the desire to give his unborn son an understanding of his father, Gleason began a video journal, a gift that would go on to encapsulate so much more.

This is the kind of situation that not only changes those directly affected, but has the power to provide countless others with inspiration. The doco certainly looks an emotional outing, although it’s Gleason’s honesty and determination to continue moving forward that seems to make it a life-affirming piece, which undoubtedly had a hand in the documentary’s success at Sundance earlier this year.

Written and directed by Clay Tweel, a producer on the fantastic video game doco The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarter who went on to direct/write/edit Print the Legend and Finders Keepers.

Gleason will open in select U.S. cinemas on July 29.

Synopsis for Gleason:

The hit documentary from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival goes inside the life of Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints defensive back who, at the age of 34, was diagnosed with ALS and given a life expectancy of two to five years. Weeks later, Gleason found out his wife, Michel, was expecting their first child. A video journal that began as a gift for his unborn son expands to chronicle Steve’s determination to get his relationships in order, build a foundation to provide other ALS patients with purpose, and adapt to his declining physical condition—utilizing medical technologies that offer the means to live as fully as possible.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Open Road Films
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Open Road Films
Photo Credit: Lori Burns
Photo Credit: Lori Burns

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