Twenty Feet from Stardom
AMC Kabuki CinemasFri, Apr 26, 2013 9:00 PM Not Available
Film Info
Premiere Status:USA
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:90
Original Language:English
dir:Morgan Neville
prod:Gil Friesen
Caitrin Rogers
cam:Nicola B. Marsh
Graham Willoughby
editor:Jason Zeldes
Kevin Klauber
Douglas Blush
source:Radius – TWC
99 Hudson St, 2nd Fl
New York, NY 10013
Background singers form an indispensable part of a song’s sound, yet they toil in anonymity; who they are and the role they play in the formation of a hit known only to a few. Focusing largely on African American women, whose passionate singing and gospel-inspired sound influenced both popular culture and enhanced British and American rock music from the 1950s to the present day, Twenty Feet from Stardom highlights the lives, aspirations and challenges of some of history’s most talented and gifted background artists. The soulful sound (frequently credited to other artists) of gifted vocalists like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and Tata Vega coincided with the Civil Rights movement, lending an electrifyingly expressive freedom of style and subtext to their back-up work, resulting in a precisely-right ‘blend’ that would complement the lead singer. With observations from Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Bette Midler and Mick Jagger, and performances by Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Michael Jackson, Twenty Feet from Stardom not only makes an invaluable contribution to music history, but also a profound and moving statement about the meaning of fame, ego, art and singing as spiritual self-expression.
-Tim Sika

Special support for this program generously provided by Barbara Tomber&Don Mathews

Co-presenter: Amoeba Music

Additional Information

Morgan Neville

Morgan Neville is a prolific filmmaker whose Grammy-nominated musical documentaries include Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story (2007), Muddy Waters Can’t Be Satisfied (2003) and Johnny Cash’s America (2008). His latest documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. He is currently working on a project featuring cellist Yo Yo Ma, which explores the idea of music as an international language; and a film focusing on Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, which investigates the role of television in our democracy.