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Directed by: Morgan Neville 2013 | 90 min.

Section: Spring Showcase

Premiere: Hawaii

Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Documentary, Educational, Music, Women


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, Bette Midler, and others) and the relative unknowns who support them like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill (currently on "The Voice") 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 (Joe Cocker, the Rolling Stones) of the 1960s, to their reversal of fortune when the recording industry changed in the 1990s, and into today. Filmmaker Morgan Neville’s unprecedented look at the moving personal journeys of these normally uncelebrated artists pays tribute to their indelible role in popular music.

Synopsis written by: Sundance


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Cast & Crew

Director Morgan Neville
Executive Producer George Conrades, Art Bilger, Peter Morton, Joel S. Ehrenkranz
Director of Photography Nicola B. Marsh, Graham Willoughby
Editor Jason Zeldes, Kevin Klauber

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