Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville 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 peerless soundtrack, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.
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83 out of 88 participating members called it excellent or good 97.6% would recommend it • most praised for its Use of Sound & Musical Score
moderated by Matthew Bernstein
with guest Tim Dowd, professor of sociology of music at Emory University
An engaging, well-produced documentary that deserves an Oscar nomination. Excellent use of archival material and valuable interviews. Three cheers for Darlene Love!
What a pleasure to actually put faces to some of the most influential backup singers in some of the most influential songs. I could watch documentaries like this all day.
What an antidote to cheeseball "American Idol." In a way, this film was akin to ZELIG. You revisit familiar watershed moments in history with guides who were there in plain sight yet somehow invisible.
100 out of 104 participating members called it excellent or good 100% would recommend it • most praised for its Use of Sound & Musical Score
moderated by Special guest moderator George Robinson, film critic, Jewish Week
A big smile and a big inspiration just when most needed! There is indeed such a thing as a soul, and such a thing as justice.
A thrill to go back to an incredible time, as one singer said, of joy in music and crises in the world. Sadly, part of that crisis was and is the disregard of talented people of color and doubly so, for women of color.
What I wouldn't give to have this playlist on my ipod! Terrific editing - balance between the exuberating highs and poignancy if unrecognized talent and unfulfilled careers.
50 out of 51 participating members called it excellent or good 100% would recommend it • most praised for its Use of Sound & Musical Score
Not only was the music fantastic and a joy to hear but the background stories were insightful and touching. Bravo! Today's young aspiring singers should definitely see this -- raw, innate talent is not enough.
A fine journey down memory lane for a lot of the audience. Well-paced, characters well-etched through the interviews. The sad fact is that the very best in any profession may not get to the top. Passion is not enough.
I really enjoyed this unique point of view, often overlooked. Demonstrates the importance of following your dream and working toward your goals in life.
100 out of 105 participating members called it excellent or good 97.1% would recommend it • most praised for its Use of Sound & Musical Score
moderated by David Sterritt
with guest critic, Mark Jenkins, (NPR, Washington Post)
I LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!!! I was a lead singer because I did not have enough talent to sing background. This film will be with me for a very long time
I ask myself, what's wrong with this movies? What didn't I like about it? Then I realize, it's perfect! It was inspiring, relevant, balanced, well-written and well done! I expect to see it again and again and again!
Nice to see the superstars graciously and generously giving credit to their back-up singers.
Release date: In Select Theaters this June
586 out of the 609 participating members called Twenty Feet From Stardom excellent or good.