Gleason film on Oscar nomination shortlist

What began as an intimate series of home movies from a father to his unborn son could culminate this week in an Oscar nomination for Spokane native Steve Gleason.

Gleason, who graduated from Gonzaga Prep and played football and baseball at Washington State University, was diagnosed with ALS in 2011 and created Team Gleason. The foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with the disease through technology, public awareness and life experiences.

Steve started making home movies before his son Rivers was born. He wanted to pass on his wisdom about life, love, religion and much more to his child. Those videos became more profound as he slowly loses his ability to speak. The film chronicles life from the pain and uncertainty to the victorious.

The film premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. Amazon Studios bought the rights to the film and it is streaming now through the company’s site.

In addition to high praise from critics, Gleason was named one of 15 finalists for an Academy Award nomination. The nominations will be announced Tuesday morning.