The Exchange has acquired international sales rights to the Sundance documentary Gleason, and will introduce the film to international buyers at the Marché du Film in Cannes, according to Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea.
Gleason, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won the SXSW 2016 Festival Audience award, chronicles the life of former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS at age 34, became a father after his diagnosis and started the ALS organization Team Gleason.
“I agree with the critics, Gleason is an emotional, honest, powerful and inspiring look at life, love and parenthood,” said O’Shea. “It is with great pride that we bring such a high quality film that also has a meaningful US theatrical release to our buyers in Cannes.”
U.S theatrical rights to the doc were acquired by Amazon Studios, news Deadline broke in January. Amazon will release the film domestically with Open Road this summer. The doc was written, directed and edited by Clay Tweel, produced by Seth Gordon, Kimi Culp, Scott Fujita, Tom Lavia, Kevin Lake, Mary Rohlich and Thomas McEachin. Mark Shapiro and Will Staeger are executive producers. The film was financed by IMG Films along with a group of donors and supporters of Team Gleason, including executive producer Paul Varisco and New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees. Microsoft and Go Pro also supported the project.