Love, Life & Loss, a music documentary featuring the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club performing Seven Last Words of the Unarmed by Joel Thompson and "Glory" by John Legend and Common, from the film Selma, won five EMMY's at The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Michigan Chapter) 39th EMMY® Award Ceremony which took place on June 10 at MotorCity Sound Board Theater in Detroit.
Love, Life & Loss was nominated in seven categories and won five-Bob Berg and Chris McElroy for "Public/Current/Community Affairs," David Lau for "Audio," Eugene Rogers and Joel Thompson for "Craft Specialty-Musical Composition/Arrangement," Bob Berg for "Director- Non-live (post produced)," and Eugene Rogers for "Talent- Performer/Narrator."
"The Men's Glee Club and I were humbled just to be apart of this amazing project and documentary, but to be recognized by the Michigan Emmys is far beyond anything we imagined," said Eugene Rogers, associate director of choirs and professor of conducing at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance. "We hope this documentary and work continues to touch lives and foster critical discourse the way it has done for us."
Produced by Michigan Media at U-M, Love, Life & Loss was first screened on U-M's campus and has since aired on Detroit Public Television.
The documentary focuses on the Michigan Men's Glee Club and their conductor Rogers as they perform and discuss a new work that addresses issues of race and social justice.
At the end of June, a project webpage sponsored by the Sphinx Medal Excellence Artist Grant, the Men's Glee Club, Michigan Law, CEDER and Michigan Media will contain the documentary, educational resources and legal research about the project and policing in America.