IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE
“WE ARE THE FUTURE”
ON DVD JANUARY 23, 2007
DVD DOCUMENTS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME BENEFIT CONCERT
ORGANIZED BY QUINCY JONES AND FEATURING LIVE PERFORMANCES FROM
CARLOS SANTANA, NORAH JONES, ALICIA KEYS, HERBIE HANCOCK, DON WAS, ENNIO MORRICONE, ANDREA BOCELLI, FHER (FROM MANA), JUANES, JOSH GROBAN, PATTI AUSTIN, JULIAN MARLEY AND ANGELIQUE KIDJO,
AMONG MANY OTHERS
Image Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISK), a leading independent licensee, producer and distributor of home entertainment programming in North America, has announced the forthcoming release of the WE ARE THE FUTURE DVD, out January 23, 2007.
Organized by the Emmy and Academy Award-winning composer, artist, record/film/TV producer, arranger, conductor and multi-media entrepreneur Quincy Jones, the DVD concert film portrays this once-in-a lifetime global event--attended by one roughly million people at the historic and picturesque Circus Maximus in Rome, Italy (May 16, 2004). Proceeds from the WE ARE THE FUTURE DVD and concert (through broadcast rights) raise funds to build and maintain We Are The Future Child Centers--whose goal is to mobilize global resources for the benefit of children in conflict and post-conflict cities--Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Palestine, to name a few.
“During the course of six decades in-and out-of music, I’ve had the honor of working with some of the best talent in the world on some truly inspirational projects,” explains Quincy Jones. “The WE ARE THE FUTURE concert was one of the most profound events of my career. WE ARE THE FUTURE is an example of what I like to call “Global Gumbo”-an amalgamation of talent from all four corners of the globe coming together with a common concern for children at risk all over the world.”
Nearly two decades after producing the historic song “We Are The World,” which became a huge international hit raising over 60 million for famine in Africa, Quincy Jones gathered many of the world’s most-recognized artists and personalities for the WE ARE THE FUTURE concert. Crossing the genres of Rock, R&B, Urban, Jazz and World Music, the concert film is an eclectic blend of some of the most significant artists in these genres.
The WE ARE THE FUTURE DVD features powerful, electric concert performances and collaborations from Carlos Santana, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Herbie Hancock, Don Was (joining Khaled), legendary composer Ennio Morricone, Andrea Bocelli, Patti Austin, Juanes, Josh Groban, Julian Marley, Angelique Kidjo, Carmen Consoli, Fher (from Mana), Take 6, and the percussion group STOMP as well as Israeli, Palistinian, Pakistani, Italian, Columbian and South African artists. Celebrity presenters include Quincy Jones, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie. Special bonus features include interviews with Quincy Jones, Nastassia Kinski, Carmen Consoli, Naomi Campbell, Angelina Jolie, and Francesco Totti. In addition, the 46-minute featurette “Global Gumbo: The Making of We are the Future” includes excerpts from three performances not included in the main program: Alicia Keys and Julian Marley (“War”), Herbie Hancock (“Chameleon”) and the “We are the Future” finale, plus behind-the-scenes footage, rehearsal footage and additional interviews.
The WE ARE THE FUTURE DVD runs one hour-and-a-half and is displayed in Widescreen format with enhanced Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. The show was broadcast live on Italian television with portions of the event airing on MTV across the globe, as well as Modern Times Group (MTG-European broadcast) and Al Jazeera (Middle East).
The WE ARE THE FUTURE DVD follows Image Entertainment’s We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song DVD, released in February 2005 to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the Quincy Jones-produced 1985 USA for Africa charity single. The 2-disc Special Edition DVD comprises more than four hours of footage from the song’s historic recording session which featured some of the biggest names in popular music, including Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Diana Ross. The Grammy-winning “We are the World” single sold over 7 million copies worldwide and raised over $60 million for African famine relief.
Following is the performance track listing for the WE ARE THE FUTURE DVD:
Angelique Kidjo with Soundz of South Afrika Choir-“Afrika”
Stomp- “Poles and Bins”
Kazem Al Sahir with Karina Pasian-"Oh Allah, Let It Be”
Josh Groban-“You Raise Me Up”
Patti Austin-“How High The Moon”
Riffat Sultana and Richard Michos-"Mast Qalander”
Ennio Morricone-"Deborah's Theme (from Once Upon A Time In America)”
Noa with Mira Awad-"Shalom Shalom”
Take 6-“Fly Away”
Carmen Consoli-"L'Ultimo Bacio”
Herbie Hancock with Carlos Santana-“Watermelon Man”
Juanes-“I Ask God”
John Stoddart with Sherry McGhee- “The Prayer”
Andrea Bocelli & Karina Pasian-“The Prayer”
Khaled with Don Was-“Didi”
Caiphus Semenya with the Soundz of South Afrika Choir-"Encome”
Zucchero-“Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime”
Fher with Zucchero-"Baila Morena”
Carlos Santana with Angelique Kidjo-"Adouma”
Carlos Santana with Fher-“Corazon Espinado”
Carlos Santana with Fher- “Medley: Oye Como Va/ El Pito/ Sunshine Of Your Love”