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USA Network Presents Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo in a Characters Unite Film “The Space Between” to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11

August 23, 2011 Oscar® and Golden Globe®-Winning Actress Melissa Leo Stars in a Film about Tolerance and Acceptance; Part of USA’s Characters Unite Campaign to Combat Discrimination

THE SPACE BETWEEN Will Be Followed by the Academy Award®-Winning Documentary TWIN TOWERS From Emmy®-Winning &ldquol;Law & Order” Franchise Producer Dick Wolf and Peter Jankowski

Both to Premiere Commercial Free on Sunday, September 11 at 9/8c

USA Network Presents Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo in a Characters Unite Film “The Space Between” to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11

As part of its Characters Unite public service campaign to combat intolerance and discrimination, USA will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks with the world television premiere of THE SPACE BETWEEN, starring Oscar® and Golden Globe®-winning actress Melissa Leo (“The Fighter,” “Mildred Pierce,” “Frozen River”). The Academy Award®-winning documentary short TWIN TOWERS, produced by Emmy Award®-winning producer Dick Wolf and Peter Jankowski of the long-running “Law & Order” franchise, will immediately follow. Both special Characters Unite Films will premiere commercial free on Sunday, September 11, beginning at 9/8c.

From Inception Media Group, THE SPACE BETWEEN was produced, written and directed by Travis Fine (“The Others”). The film, which debuted at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, offers a powerful look back on how the tragic events of 9/11 brought diverse people together and renewed the American spirit that what we have in common is stronger than what divides us.

In the film, lonely flight attendant Montine McLeod (Leo) befriends a 10-year old Pakistani-American boy, Omar Hassan (Anthony Keyvan, “Lost,” “iCarly”), on a plane grounded in Longview, TX, on the morning of 9/11/01. When Montine discovers that Omar’s father (Phillip Rhys) works in the World Trade Center, she commits to driving the boy back home to his uncertain future in New York City. As they journey across America’s vast heartland in the hours and days immediately following the terrorist attacks, Montine and Omar help each other discover the importance of tolerance, redemption, acceptance and hope.

USA is creating a special minisite at to provide viewers with information and resources on the key issues addressed in the film, including prejudice, religious intolerance and bullying. A study guide also will be available for educators to download and use in classrooms across the country. Additionally, USA will ask viewers to share their hopes for uniting America and to discuss the key issues in a special Character Chatter at

THE SPACE BETWEEN is executive produced by Lynette Howell. Kristine Fine also produces with her husband Travis Fine. Reimer produced for Inception Media Group.

TWIN TOWERS is an Academy Award®-winning short documentary film, directed by Bill Guttentag and Robert David Port, that shares the true story of the profound courage of two brothers, a New York City policeman and fireman. The footage, originally shot for a Dick Wolf reality pilot about a New York City police squad, became the basis for the powerful documentary. The film was awarded an Oscar® for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2002.

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About Inception Media Group

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About Characters Unite

Characters Unite, USA Network’s community affairs program, was created in January 2009 to address the social injustices and cultural divides still prevalent in our society. Inspired by USA Network’s iconic “Characters Welcome” brand and with the support of leading national nonprofit organizations, the ongoing campaign is dedicated to supporting activities and messaging that combat prejudice and intolerance while promoting understanding and acceptance – on-air, online, and in communities across the country.

About USA Network

USA Network is the #1 network in all of basic cable and is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes. A division of NBCUniversal, USA is the cable television leader in original series and home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, acquired television series and entertainment events. The award-winning USA website is located at Characters Welcome.

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