Trailer for Heart-Wrenching 'Gleason' Doc About the Struggles of ALS
"I believe my future is bigger than my past." Amazon Studios & Open Road have released a trailer for the documentary Gleason, profiling the life of former NFL player Steve Gleason, who has ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a "rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscles", eventually leaving the person completely unable to move. This is the same disease that Stephen Hawking has, however this doc shows how a normal, healthy person slowly loses his ability to move or function. And it's very sad, but very inspiring, because Gleason does his best to weather the storm and survive against all odds. Yes, this will make you cry, there's no doubt.
Here's the first official trailer for Clay Tweel's documentary Gleason, originally from Yahoo:
At the age of 34, Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS. Doctors gave the former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero two to five years to live. So that is what Steve chose to do - LIVE: with purpose, for his newborn son, for his wife, and to help others with his disease. Gleason is written and directed by American filmmaker Clay Tweel, who has worked on a number of documentaries including Print the Legend, Finders Keepers, Make Believe. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, played at numerous other fests and won a Special Jury Mention at the Full Frame Film Festival. Amazon Studios & Open Road Films will release Clay Tweel's Gleason in select theaters starting on July 29th this summer. Don't miss seeing this.