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. The film features many of the greatest singers behind the greatest music of our time. Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer and Tata Vega. Director Morgan Neville (Troubadours) joins us for a conversation on the pitfalls and triumphs of being a backup singer.
“Just about everything in this movie is right. And anybody who gives a rip about unsung heroines of popular music and giving credit when credit’s overdue had better come up with a good excuse not to see it.” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“I have rarely seen a movie that better expressed the revivifying nature of music. – Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
“This generous, fascinating documentary about the careers of backup singers, most of them African-American women, seeks to rewrite the history of pop music by focusing attention on voices at once marginal and vital.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times
“An exquisitely rendered look at the dialectics of celebrity and artistry, luck and hard work, its conversation laced with smart observations about race and gender.” – Earnest Hardy, Village Voice