20 Feet from Stardom

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Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards and the 2014 Critics' Choice Awards!

Named one of the 5 best documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review!

 

“Irresistible.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“Wages a compelling crusade to get background singers some long-overdue recognition.” – Peter Debruge, Variety

“Captivating and inspiring. 20 Feet from Stardom is a gem that captures both the thrill and devastation of working in the entertainment industry.” - Kristy Puchko, Cinema Blend

 

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In the compelling, inspiring and toe-tapping new film 20 Feet from Stardom, award-winning director Morgan Neville (Troubadours) shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a killer soundtrack, 20 Feet from Stardom boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Bette Midler and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of veteran backup singers (including Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and the Waters Family) whose lives and stories take center stage in the film, as they share the ups and downs of a singing career spent 20 Feet from Stardom. (Dir. by Morgan Neville, 2013, 90 mins., Rated PG-13, RADiUS-TWC) Digital

 

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