Local musician’s music comes out in movie
One Good Turn has brought Summit County local John Truscelli’s music onto the silver screen.”Sons of the Fallen: A Live Tribute to Our Military Heroes” shows in about 400 theaters throughout the nation, including Denver, for one night only: Tuesday. The documentary stemmed from One Good Turn Foundation, an organization that supports people going through difficult situations, such as life-limiting illnesses or lost loved ones.Truscelli’s brother, Joey Truscelli, founded the organization about four years ago. It involves gathering groups at a ranch he owns in Divide, Colo., and bringing in celebrity mentors, such as sports icons, race car drivers (Joey Truscelli is a former Indy car racer) and musicians. For the last few years, they’ve been creating reality shows called “One Good Turn with Joey T,” which focus on positive experiences (including fishing, hiking and horseback riding), unlike other reality shows that tend to amp up dramatic scenes and pigeon-hole personalities. “One Good Turn with Joey T” has aired on such channels as ABC Family.”There’s some pretty deep stuff and also some funny stuff in the episodes,” said John Truscelli. But one specific episode they recently shot deserved more than just a one-hour television slot, so they turned it into a movie, “because it’s such a moving episode,” John Truscelli said.Joey Truscelli works with the executive producer of “Extreme Home Makeover,” who helped create the one-night cinema event.The story revolves around 25 boys who gather for a week at camp to honor the memories of their dads, who died while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.The two-hour film includes one hour of the actual show, made when boys stayed at the ranch and one hour of live remote with the kids talking by the fire with mentors including former professional wrestler Bill Goldberg and actor Ryan Merriman (of “Final Destination 3″) and special guest Clint Black. John Truscelli also will be there. The footage emphasizes the resiliency of the boys.”We’re out there trying to be the mentors,” John Truscelli said. “But in this particular (episode), the kids turned out to be the mentors because they were so strong.”John Truscelli writes songs for the television episodes, and he composed “American Pride” for the movie.”When I got to know the kids and how strong they are, I wanted to write something for them to let them know that people do think about them -that it’s not a lost cause, what their fathers did,” said John Truscelli.John Truscelli has lived in Summit County for 16 years. He plays solo and with his band throughout the county, as well as in Denver.
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