<i>20 Feet From Stardom</i>. 2013. USA. Directed by Morgan Neville. Courtesy of Radius-TWC. Image courtesy of Radius-TWC.
  • 20 Feet from Stardom

    2013. USA. Morgan Neville. 91 min.

Post-screening discussion with Neville

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • 20 Feet from Stardom

    2013. USA. Directed by Morgan Neville. This lush music documentary explores the little-known stories of backup singers, many of them African American, who have worked with famous American bands and artists from the 1970s to the present. The film reveals their roots, often first singing in church choirs; their significant role in carrying the core melodies and lyrics of famous songs; and their struggles to move from backup to lead, which requires not only talent but guts, dedication, good timing, and business acumen. Talented, beautiful, and profoundly influential, singers Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, and many others speak about working with Phil Spector; singing backup for the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and a host of others; and their successes and failures in breaking into the role of lead artists. Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, and Sheryl Crow are just a few of the many striking music personalities and performances that appear in the film, which is a must-see for any music fan. Courtesy of Radius-TWC. 91 min.

In the Film exhibition The Contenders 2013

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