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Watch: 'Voice' Contestant Judith Hill Talks Singing with Michael Jackson in Sundance Hit 'Twenty Feet From Stardom'

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 29, 2013 at 1:57PM

Check out this clip from must-see Sundance documentary "Twenty Feet From Stardom," in which Judith Hill (a breakout from the most recent season of "The Voice") discusses her experience working onstage with Michael Jackson. Morgan Neville's film --which hits theaters 14 via June RadiusTWC-- spotlights the true stories of gifted talents who tried to build careers but stayed within arm's reach of the spotlight: backup singers.
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"Twenty Feet From Stardom"
"Twenty Feet From Stardom"

Check out this clip from must-see Sundance documentary "Twenty Feet From Stardom," in which Judith Hill (a breakout from the most recent season of "The Voice") discusses her experience working onstage with Michael Jackson. Morgan Neville's film --which hits theaters June 14 via RadiusTWC-- spotlights the true stories of gifted talents who stayed within arm's reach of center stage: backup singers.

The doc includes interviews with musical legends Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting, who pay tribute to the singers who often spent decades supporting their stellar careers. The film focuses on the women who made up their background choruses, and what their varied careers have held for them since. Their stories are heartbreaking: Phil Spector imprisoned and stole Darlene Love's great talent, and one after the other strove to break out on their own. What kept them back? The youngest of the women, Judith Hill, is trying to buck that trend.


This article is related to: Video, Video, Documentary, Documentaries, Sundance Film Festival, 20 Feet From Stardom


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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.