October 28, 2020

20 FEET FROM STARDOM

Showing: Wednesday, April 23 – 8:00 PM
Title: 20 Feet From Stardom
Year: 2013
Country: USA
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20-Feet lowResThis generous documentary follows the careers of the mostly African-American back-up singers whose voices are at once marginal and vital to the most popular recordings. The mysterious combination of luck, ambition and prejudice that keeps some huge talents in the shadows while other, less gifted, voices, become big stars is explored. This tale of exploitation and appropriation is also a testament to professional commitment and artistic triumph. USA, 2013, 91 minutes, documentary, rated PG-13

Nominated for a 2013 Academy Award

“From front to back stage, 20 Feet From Stardom is a compelling look at the spirit of these giving artists as they navigated the rapid musical and social change of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.” –Dave Hoekstra, The Chicago Sun-Times

“You gasp at the ecstatic convergence of lung power and spirit.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine

“Sheer perfection. Just watch Morgan Neville’s exhilarating documentary and try not to stand up and cheer.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Infectious and Irresistible. Their voices are powerful enough to tear you apart and put you back together again, and their stories will do the same.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times