RELEASE DATE: August 2, 2016
FEED: Friday, August 26, 2016
1000-1100ET / HD03
BROADCAST RIGHTS: Unlimited use for one (1) year through August 25, 2017. Additional rights granted: noncommercial cable, school re-record (for one year) full version, excerpts, and reversioned short format.
DESCRIPTION: FOR THE LOVE OF THEIR BROTHER is the heroic story of New York firefighter Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11, and his loving family who were determined to honor his life.
As a way to trace Stephen's last steps through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Ground Zero on that fateful day, his six older siblings created The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run, a 5K race that has grown exponentially since it first began in 2002. In that inaugural year, there were 1,500 runners. By 2013, there were 50,000 participants, with more than $70 million raised and distributed to orphanages, firemen burn units and “Smart Homes” for catastrophically wounded veterans.
Through archival footage and radio dispatches from 9/11, and interviews with Siller's family, Senator Chuck Schumer, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, and retired New York police detective Daniel Rodriguez, FOR THE LOVE OF THEIR BROTHER chronicles Stephen's life, recounts the day his family's life changed forever, and highlights how they turned heartache into heroism.
NEW 9/11 DOCUMENTARY “FOR THE LOVE OF THEIR BROTHER”
SET TO RELEASE FOR 15TH ANNIVERSARY
Life of New York firefighter Stephen Siller celebrated and honored
(Boston, MA – June 16, 2016) – “For The Love of Their Brother” is a heart-warming documentary about the struggles and triumphs of the Siller family after the death of their brother Stephen Siller, a New York firefighter, on September 11, 2001.
The one-hour film documentary features never before seen footage of the immediate aftermath of the planes hitting the tower and chronicles the events of 9/11 and what happened to Stephen on that fateful day. It also follows the efforts of his older siblings after Stephen’s death to celebrate his life and carry on his spirit of service through a unique 5K run and foundation dedicated in his memory.
Produced by 3 Roads Communications, Inc. and presented and distributed nationally by American Public Television (APT), the one-hour program premieres on public television stations nationwide beginning August 26, 2016 (check local listings).
On his way home to Staten Island from work when he heard a call on his scanner that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers, Stephen turned his truck around, but only made it as far as the mouth of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel because of abandoned vehicles. Unable to drive any further, he donned 65 pounds of fire gear and ran a mile-and-a half through the tunnel. He managed to reach the second tower just moments before it collapsed, perishing in its wake.
Stephen, who was orphaned at the age of 10, left behind a wife and five children. His story has since become legend in the newsrooms and firehouses of New York. The documentary focuses not only on Stephen’s heroic actions on September 11th, but also on the heroic actions of his six siblings in the months and years afterwards, who heal themselves by doing good for others through their foundation. They stage an annual charity 5K Run to follow in Stephen’s footsteps and to commemorate the heroism of all first responders.
For the past 15 years on the last Sunday in September, the Battery Tunnel and lower Manhattan have closed, and tens of thousands of runners have retraced the steps of a hero. In the process, the Siller family has raised millions of dollars for various charities, including the New York Foundling Home, the New York Burn Center and building specially adapted “Smart Homes” for severely wounded veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. “For The Love of Their Brother” details the ongoing work of the Foundation to honor the spirit and service of their brother.
About 3 Roads Communication:
3 Roads Communications, Inc. is an Emmy Award-winning company with a long, distinguished history of supplying top-notch programming to Public Television. 3 Roads has created and produced hundreds of hours of award-winning programming for public television, including:
· Legends of Airpower, TV series
· Frontiers of Medicine, TV series
. For The Love of Their Brother, 2005 Documentary
· The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman, TV series
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