Thursday, February 20th, 7:30pm
Friday, February 21st, 7:30pm
Albert Maysles and Oscar Buzz Present: 20 Feet From Stardom
(Oscar winning documentaries, nominees, and shortlisted films.)
20 Feet From Stardom
Morgan Neville, 2013, 91 min
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film Twenty Feet From Stardom, award-winning director Morgan Neville (Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story, Muddy Waters Can’t Be Satisfied, Johnny Cash’s America) 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.
These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, Twenty Feet From Stardom boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film. Features the legendary Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill (also of NBC's "The Voice"), Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega and the Walters.Skype Q&A with director Morgan Neville to follow the screening on Thursday, February 20th.
2014 Academy Award® Nominee – Best Documentary Feature
“Sheer perfection! Just watch Morgan Neville’s exhilarating documentary and try not to stand up and cheer. “ - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone