'Listen' hopes stars will help to raise $100 mil

A feature film, two TV specials and a concert in India are part of a package special-events producer Tribute is assembling as a worldwide fundraiser for children’s organizations this fall.

The $40 million project known collectively as “Listen” will count on the participation of “leading film stars, musicians and visual artists,” according to its organizers. Tribute chairman Tony Hollingsworth said talent will be asked to provide their services for free, though no names are set for the concert or the film.

Barbara Kopple, who won Oscars for her documentaries “Harlan County, U.S.A.” (1976) and “American Dream” (1990), and D.A. Pennebaker, an Academy Award nominee for “The War Room” (1993), will direct the one-hour TV specials.

Concert date

The concert will be held Nov. 20 in either New Delhi or Bombay, Hollingsworth said, and will feature “contemporary music from 20 major international musicians, introduced by about 15 movie stars.”

Hollingsworth said the feature-length movie, a “fantasy in which people can hear music in their heads,” is in development, with a director close to being signed.

The Listen project hopes to raise about $100 million for organizations working with children, among them the Intl. Save the Children Alliance, UNAIDS, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the Consortium for Street Children and Operation Smile.

Hollingsworth’s company, Tribute, staged Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday bash at Wembley Stadium in London and “The Wall Live From Berlin” in 1990.

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