Steve Gleason film to premiere at Sundance started as video journal for his son

The New Orleans Advocate

A documentary about Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints defensive back who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

“Gleason” is among 16 films in the Sundance documentary competition. One of the world’s most important film festivals, Sundance is Jan. 21-31 in Park City, Utah.

Gleason was 34 when he learned he had ALS, a neuromuscular disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Doctors predicted he had two to five years to live. He later founded Team Gleason, an organization dedicated to the fight against ALS, finding a cure for the malady and helping others who are afflicted with it.

Directed by Clay Tweel, “Gleason” documents Gleason’s life with his wife and newborn son and his Team Gleason work.

Gleason posted his response to Sundance’s acceptance of “Gleason” on the Team Gleason website:

“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.

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