Don't miss the television premiere of "The Making and Meaning of We Are Family" on TRIO on September 11th. Directed by Danny Schechter for GlobalVision and produced by Tommy Boy Films, "We Are Family" is the moving account of over 200 celebrities coming together to re-record the famed song of the same name to promote tolerance and the idea of a global family. See it at 9:30pm, 11:30pm or 1:30am.
Music by Nenad Bach
I donated my time and music for this film in an effort tosupport ones who hurt the most. In the film, beside singing the tune and scoringit, I was interviewed where I compared suffering of Croatia with New York's one.Let me know how did you like this film, directed by Danny Schechter, andproduced by Tom Silverman. Legendary Nile Rodgers conducted the whole event,besides writing the tune We Are Family. I want to mention that both Tom andDanny were very much involved in the 90's when Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovinawere burning. These are my personal heroes who stood against obvious lethargywhen our country was in need for desperate help.
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TRIO PRESENTS "THE MOTH: 9/11 STORIES" AND "THE MAKING AND MEANING OF 'WE ARE FAMILY'"
Two-Hour Commercial-Free Block To Air On 9/11
New York, N.Y. - August 22, 2002 - On Wednesday, September 11, popular arts channel TRIO will present a two-hour commercial-free block of programming beginning at 9:00 PM, ET/6:00 PM PT, that honors this national day of mourning, it was announced by Lauren Zalaznick, President, TRIO.
"Since 9/11, Americans have come together in various ways to heal from this national tragedy. TRIO's 9/11 programs exemplify how different aspects of the arts are a natural and necessary extension of the healing process. Story sharing and music are universal outlets for bringing together people from all stations of life," said Ms. Zalaznick.
Two original specials will be featured: the original special "The Moth: 9/11 Stories" and the world premiere of "The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family'":
"The Moth: 9/11 Stories"
"The Moth: 9/11 Stories", hosted by actor/director Griffin Dunne, is a 30-minute special that serves as a preview to TRIO's new one-hour original storytelling series called "The Moth". The special will highlight the emotionally charged 9/11 stories shared by NYC firefighter Keith Young and New York-based comedienne Reno. These stories will be featured in TRIO's premiere episode of "The Moth" entitled "Carpe Diem: Seize The Day," which will debut in fourth quarter '02.
Taped on location in clubs around New York City, "The Moth" live show has been hailed as "...New York's hottest, hippest literary ticket". Each of the eight episodes features a different host and series of storytellers. Each Moth episode covers one specific theme in a variety of raw, emotional, unpredictable and comical stories told by an outrageously eclectic group of personalities - featuring famous authors, directors, housewives, and athletes. "The Moth" presents the art of storytelling based on themes from "Carpe Diem: Seize The Day" to "Rock 'n Roll Saved my Life".
"The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family'"
This 81-minute documentary captures the passionate efforts of legendary music producer/songwriter Nile Rodgers as he brings together 200 musicians, actors, and sports figures for the all-star charity recording of the 1979 disco hit "We Are Family."
Eleven days after September 11th, 2001, Rodgers (who wrote and produced with his late partner Bernard Edwards the original recording of "We Are Family") reached out to artists, athletes, celebrities, police officers, emergency workers and victims' families in New York City and Los Angeles to re-record the classic hit song "We Are Family" in a dramatic call for tolerance and healing. Spike Lee directed the music video that was produced during this recording session. Against the backdrop of 9/11, "The Making and Meaning of 'We Are Family'" is a feature length documentary special with a call for multi-cultural unity and global understanding, at a time when much of the mass media only focused on the aftermath of the tragedy and the fears of most Americans.
Directed by Danny Schechter, the program features members of Sister Sledge, the pop-gospel group that recorded the original hit version of the song 23 years ago, Nile Rodgers, Chic, Diana Ross, Little Steven Van Zandt, Spike Lee, Luther Vandross, Matthew Modine, Rosie Perez, Eartha Kitt, Patti LaBelle, Macaulay Culkin, John McEnroe, Nenad Bach, Jackson Browne, Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack, David Hasselhoff, Rahat Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan and many other prominent artists, actors, athletes, and celebrities.
TRIO is an entertainment cable television channel reflecting all of the popular arts: music, fashion, film, stage and pop culture in its programming. TRIO is available to over 15.5 million households via digital cable and satellite services.
TRIO is a program service of Universal Television Group, a division of Vivendi UNIVERSAL Entertainment (VUE) (www.universalstudios.com), the U.S.-based film, television and recreation entity of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.