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SCHEELS and FilmScene have teamed up to help Tackle ALS. Don’t miss your chance to see the critically acclaimed documentary Gleason at The Englert Theatre. Director, Clay Tweel, and Producer, Mary Rohlich, will be in person for a Q & A session following the screening. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. A portion of all proceeds from the ticket sales will be given to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as they continue to treat patients with ALS and work to find a cure. A powerful movie experience and a chance to give back, don’t miss out.
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.
CLAY TWEEL, DIRECTOR
Clay made his directorial debut on the documentary Make Believe, chronicling six teenagers battling to become the world’s best teen magician, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the LA FILM FEST in 2010 and is currently running on Showtime networks. Clay’s next film, Print the Legend, premiered at SXSW 2014 and was awarded the Special Jury Recognition for Storytelling and Editing. The film was bought by Netflix Originals and premiered in theaters and online last September. His last film, Finders Keepers, premiered at Sundance 2015 to rave reviews and was bought by the Orchard. After meeting Steve Gleason two years ago, Clay knew immediately that he wanted to be involved in telling such a personal and inspirational story and is humbled to be a part of it.
MARY ROHLICH, PRODUCER
Iowa City native Mary Rohlich began her career in development at MGM and Columbia Pictures before teaming up with director Seth Gordon on Four Christmases as an Associate Producer. She continued to work with Gordon as Co-Producer on the hit comedies Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, and most recently wrapped production on the upcoming feature Baywatch. Mary was a Producer on the documentary feature Gleason which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2016. This was her second film in competition at Sundance after Finders Keepers which premiered at the festival in 2015. Mary’s previous credits include Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary Print the Legend, Segment Producer on Freakonomics based on the New York Times best-selling book, and Associate Producer of Make Believe. She and Gordon continue to team up at their production company, Exhibit A, producing television (Sneaky Pete, The Goldbergs), documentary, and narrative films. Mary grew up watching movies in The Englert Theatre and is excited to bring Gleason back to one of the places that influenced her filmmaking career.