Gleason - DVD


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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.

Genre: Education/General Interest
Director: J. Clay Tweel -
Theatrical Release: 2016
Rated: R (MPAA)
Length: 111 mins
Studio: Distribution Solutions
Format: DVD
Language: English

An unflinching portrait of retired NFL player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS. The former New Orleans Saint thrilled fans with a crucial blocked punt during the team's first game back at the Superdome following Hurricane Katrina, but his career was cut tragically short when he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 34. Refusing to give in to fear, Gleason took it upon himself to live a life of inspiration for his wife and newborn son. Clay Tweel directed this emotional documentary.;

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Mike McCready - Guitarist, Pearl Jam
Seth Gordon - NEW YORK DOLL (2005)
Dan Romer -
Mark Rozett -
Dan Wilcox - Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Fujita -
J. Clay Tweel -
J. Clay Tweel -
J. Clay Tweel -
Justin Bergeron -
Tenny Priebe -
Michel Varisco -
Drew Brees - Cameo
James Scullion -
Rivers Gleason - Participant
Kevin Dedmon - Participant
Jill Varisco - Participant
Kyle Gleason - Participant
Brendan Weber - Participant
Ryan Gootee - Participant
Vinnie Varisco - Participant
Mike McKenzie - Participant
Ty Minton-Small -
David Lee - Cinematographer
Saul Simon MacWilliams -
Paul Varisco Jr. - Participant
Mike Gleason - Participant
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] marvelous documentary....This is a tearjerker of a film but also a joyous one."
A.V. Club
"As an attempt to raise awareness of what it?s actually like to live with ALS, Gleason should be lauded. Some of this footage is painfully intimate..."
Los Angeles Times
"If this film portrait stirs deep emotions, they spring from a breathtakingly unsentimental embrace of life at its most challenging."
New York Times
"GLEASON is incredibly frank about Gleason?s physical suffering and the toll his terrifyingly implacable physical deterioration takes on his marriage."
Rolling Stone
"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."
Washington Post
"For Gleason, holding nothing back means inviting the camera into his bedroom and bathroom -- where his frank, occasionally funny and sometimes heartbreaking perspective on the indignities of his illness can be startling."
The Guardian
"[T]he subject matter of this documentary is wrenching....This brutally candid film is partly an account of his response to the disease -- he founded a charitable organisation to help other sufferers -- and partly a collection of the messages he composed for the son who was conceived just after the diagnosis."

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