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'Twenty Feet From Stardom' (Doc On African American Back-Up Singers) Opens Friday. See It!

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by Tambay A. Obenson
June 10, 2013 5:17 PM
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Still from "Twenty Feet From Stardom"

RADiUS-TWC acquired North American rights to the crowd-pleasing, critically-acclaimed documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom, at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it is said to have received an overwhelming standing ovation during its world premiere there.

Here's the full synopsis again:

What would a pop song be without the riffs, refrains, and harmonies of its backup vocalists? Although these singers are usually relegated to the margins, and few, if any, become household names, their work has defined countless songs that remain in our hearts and collective consciousness. Twenty Feet from Stardom juxtaposes interviews with industry legends (Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and others) and the relative unknowns who support them like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill as they illuminate the art of melding their own distinct voices with lead vocals and reveal their desires for careers as solo artists. Twenty Feet from Stardom traces the backup singers’ history—from those Phil Spector–produced pop tunes and soul-inspired British Explosion acts of the 1960s, to their reversal of fortune when the recording industry changed in the 1990s, and into today.

The film, directed by Morgan Neville, promises an unprecedented look at the personal journeys of these normally un-celebrated, although indispensable artists, and pays tribute to their unforgettable role in popular music.

RADiUS will release the film theatrically, starting this Friday, June 14th, 2013.

The film was produced by Gil Friesen with director Neville’s Tremolo Productions.

A brand new release trailer has surfaced, along with a poster - both embedded below:


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  • kwesi | June 11, 2013 12:18 PMReply

    Beautiful piece of work...very moving trailer. I will go see this one...

  • Dankwa Brooks | June 10, 2013 11:23 PMReply

    You can't miss with a class act like DARLENE LOVE, but I'm excited to see JUDITH HILL too!

    I've loved Judith's music since I heard her on the 'Red Hook Summer' Soundtrack. Such versatility and vocals. I was never a fan of 'The Voice' so I was only going to watch if she made it to the end.

    Glad to see her star moving onward and upwards.

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