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Sundance Opening Night Doc 'Twenty Feet from Stardom' Goes to RADiUS-TWC

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 18, 2013 at 3:41PM

North American rights to Sundance's opening-night film “Twenty Feel From Stardom” have gone to RADiUS-TWC. RADiUS presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego are planning a late summer theatrical release.
Twenty feet from Stardom

North American rights to Sundance's popular opening-night film “Twenty Feel From Stardom,” which has earned the best audience buzz of the festival so far, have gone to RADiUS-TWC. RADiUS presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego are planning a late summer theatrical release.

The doc, directed by Morgan Neville, looks at the numerous and talented --and unsung--back-up singers who have performed onstage with some of the last fifty years' biggest names in music, from the Rolling Stones to Talking Heads.

Quinn and Janego state:

“We were overwhelmed by this beautiful film that focuses on the underdog — these incredible artists who, until now, have been largely unknown." They negotiated the deal with Submarine's Josh Braun and David Koh on behalf of the filmmakers. “We've been coming to Sundance for more than 15 years and we've rarely, if ever, seen an audience reaction like we did last night.”

RADiUS-TWC is the Weinstein Co.’s multi-platform label has had a mixed performance record and recently released “Bachelorette,” acquired at the 2012 Sundance festival. The film did far better on VOD than it did in theatrical. Later this year it will release “Only God Forgives” and Errol Morris’ “The Unknown Known."

This article is related to: 20 Feet From Stardom, Sundance Film Festival, Festivals, News, Festivals

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.