Open Road Films released the official trailer for the documentary Gleason, an inspirational and heartbreaking examination of the life of NFL player Steve Gleason following his diagnosis with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease). The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and has been called “an emotional powerhouse of a documentary” by Variety. Open Road Films is releasing it in theaters on July 29, 2016.
The Plot: 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.