A Very Special Mom Talks About Dying to do Letterman

At the Cleveland International Film Festival our documentary about Steve’s dream to perform on the David Letterman stage won the Audience-Voted Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition, a tribute to Greg Gund.

Greg’s friends and family described him as “intensely creative and talented, and wholly without pretension.” He lived by this Mahatma Gandhi quote inscribed in his passport: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Greg died at the age of 32 in a small plane crash off the Pacific Coast on July 16, 2005.

An Award with Meaning

Billed as the most special prize at the festival, this year’s competition included over forty films. When we were named as the winners, we were ecstatic, and could only hope that Greg’s family would feel Dying to do Letterman was a worthy tribute to his memory.

Today, we received this video from Greg’s mom, Theo, who sent it after watching Dying to do Letterman. We are deeply moved.