About

At the age of 34, former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason 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.

Gleason is not only about Steve’s resilience but also the complications of love between fathers and sons, and husbands and wives, in the face of a devastating illness. The film is bolstered by its subject’s unwavering candor and surprising humor. Told through the lens of an NFL icon, the film grapples with the nature of heroism as Steve recasts his legacy into something quite antithetical to—but no less inspirational than—his on-field shows of strength and dominance.

YEAR 2015

SECTION U.S. Doc Comp

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 110 min

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Artist Bio

Clay Tweel

Clay Tweel is an award winning documentary filmmaker whose previous films include Make Believe, Print the Legend, and the 2015 Sundance Film Festival selection Finders Keepers. After meeting Steve Gleason two years ago, Tweel knew immediately that he had to be involved in telling this very personal and inspirational story.