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Twenty Feet From Stardom

20 Feet From Stardom

Directed by Morgan Neville
United States, 2013


Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead – until now.

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Twenty Feet From Stardom Directed by Morgan Neville

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2014 | Winner: Best Documentary, Features

Independent Spirit Awards

2014 | Winner: Best Documentary

Singing background remains a somewhat unheralded position… But that walk to the front is complicated. It’s a conceptual leap," opines Bruce Springsteen, kicking off director Morgan Neville’s exuberant, hit-studded, full-to-bursting documentary celebrating the black female backing singers who added their distinctive sounds to many classic pop and rock songs but found stardom elusive.
March 27, 2014
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By virtue of its subject matters and by showcasing charming and well-balanced people content to derive meaning and enjoyment while among their peers, 20 Feet From Stardom is in its own small way revolutionary.
March 27, 2014
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I finally caught up with “20 Feet From Stardom,” which is now spreading into broad national release and looks like the sleeper documentary hit of the summer. And it’s no wonder – this is one of those moving, tragic and triumphant secret histories of American culture where the biggest surprise is that no one’s told it before.
July 05, 2013
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