AFI Documentary Film Festival 2016
As always, there were many great films and short at the festival. My two favorites were Following Seas and Gleason.
1960, Bob Griffith sailed into Honolulu Harbor and met Nancy. Together on the 53 foot cutter Awhanee they spent their lives trying to balance the love of sailing and adventure with the responsibility of raising a family.
Steve Gleason was not your typical NFL football player. After leaving the NFL, he was diagnosed with ALS. At the same time, his wife revealed that she was pregnant. The confluence of these two events and the realization that he might die before his child is even born spurred him to create a video blog, which he initially used to pass along fatherly advice to his yet unborn child. The blog then morphed into this astounding film, which captures not only a father son relationship, but also the unrivaled tenacity of a man confronting a seemingly insurmountable obstacle.