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The Exchange brings "Gleason" to Cannes
In this Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, photo, former New Orleans Saints NFL football player Steve Gleason and his wife, Michel, pause to talk to their 4-year-old son, Rivers, during an interview in their home in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
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The Exchange has acquired international sales rights to the documentary Gleason, announced Brian O’Shea, CEO of The Exchange. Gleason will be introduced by The Exchange to international buyers at the Marché du Film in Cannes, May 11- 20, 2016.
Gleason is both a beautiful story about fathers and sons, and a moving portrait of a man and his resilient partner who together courageously confront the challenges of living with ALS.
Gleason premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and won the SXSW Festival Audience award earlier this year.
Amazon Studios acquired the US theatrical rights as well as TVOD and SVOD rights at Sundance. They will release the documentary theatrically in the US via Open Road this summer.
Gleason is written, directed and edited by Clay Tweel (Finders Keepers) produced by Seth Gordon (Undefeated), 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, a division of the sports agency, along with a large group of donors/supporters surrounding Team Gleason, including executive producer Paul Varisco and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Microsoft and Go Pro also supported the project.

Tweel recently joined the directorial roster of Community Films for commercials and branded content.