After winning top national awards in journalism, public relations and marketing, Mr. Gleason Earned Best Screenplay at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival for his screenplay DOUGLASS: The North Star, a biopic about the life of Frederick Douglass.
He has written two other screenplays: The Feeney Luck and The Big House. Another biopic about the life of Hall of Fame baseball manager John McGraw and his friendship with fellow HOFer Hughie Jennings is on deck.
Meanwhile, he just finished the second book in the HEAVEN RIDE trilogy and will soon be adapting that for the large screen.
Mr. Gleason lives in Colorado where he enjoys plants, sports and wildlife photography.
Unique traits: Humor.
Douglass: The North Star Historical ⋄ Biography LOGLINE: A self-educated slave escapes to freedom. As a fugitive, he sets the world ablaze with his fiery oratory, overcoming extraordinary odds to earn his freedom, where his written and spoken eloquence impact President Lincoln and influence the outcome of the Civil War, putting an end to the slave trade in America.
The Big House Thriller ⋄ Film-noir As guests arrive for the Higgins-Carlisi wedding at a 1795 farmhouse along the Hudson, a prisoner escapes from the maximum security prison across the river. His menacing presence is no accident and it reveals secrets that the Higgins family have buried for more than a decade.
The Feeney Luck Romance ⋄ Comedy Kevin Feeney is the unluckiest person on the face of the earth. When he meets the woman of his dreams, he must travel to Ireland to erase a generations-old hereditary curse if he is to win her love.
McGraw Sports ⋄ Biography After surviving hardscrabble beginnings in the late 19th century, John McGraw becomes a key player on one of the most successful, most combative and most hated dynasties in baseball history. McGraw was so despised that opponents said he ate gunpowder for breakfast and washed it down with warm blood. Through his devotion to teammate Hughie Jennings, McGraw learns that the greatest battles are the ones you fight for friends.
North Star: The Life of Frederick Douglass
Film by Inspiration Point Productions Screenwriter
Best Screenplay, Buffalo-Niagara Film Festival