2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20


Saturday, March 12
7:30PM - 9:20PM


Hashtags: #sxsw #gleason. #gleasonfilm

At the age of 34, Steve Gleason, former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Doctors gave him two to five years to live. So that is what Steve chose to do: live. This film incorporates incredibly personal video journals from Gleason for his then-unborn son to footage of his globe-trotting adventures undertaken as part of his mission to live his life to the fullest. The film not only is about Gleason’s strength as an activist, but importantly as a husband and father. The film ultimately centers around the universal story of family relationships, especially between a father and son.

Section: Festival Favorites
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2016
Runtime: 110min

Director: Clay Tweel

Executive Producer: Mark Shapiro, Will Staeger

Producer: Seth Gordon, Kimi Culp, Kevin Lake, Mary Rohlich, Scott Fujita, Tom Lavia, Thomas McEachin

Screenwriter: Seth Gordon, Clay Tweel

Cinematographer: Ty Minton-Small, David Lee

Editor: Clay Tweel

Music: Dan Romer, Saul Simon MacWilliams, Mike Mc Cready

Additional Credits: Co Producer: Shannon E. Riggs, Co Editor: Brian Palmer


Clay is an award winning documentary filmmaker whose previous films include MAKE BELIEVE, PRINT THE LEGEND and last year’s Sundance selection FINDERS KEEPERS. After meeting Steve Gleason two years ago, Clay knew immediately that he had to be involved in telling this very personal and inspirational story.

Sales Agent: WME

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