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Twenty Feet from Stardom


"Twenty Feet from Stardom" follows several diverse and gifted backup singers living in the shadows of superstardom. These singers belong to the first family of American voice and represent a range of styles throughout late 20th Century music. Their stories resonate with themes of sacrifice, triumph, stardom, and the glory of achieving that perfect blend of harmony. Their voices are indelible, but their names remain unrecognized. This film serves as a tribute to those who have dedicated their lives, without acknowledgment, to the music we all know and love. Now is their turn for the spotlight. They are the backup singers.

Director: Morgan Neville

Producer: Gil Friesen, Caitrin Rogers

Cinematographer: Graham Willoughby

Editor: Jason Zeldes

Sound Designer: Al Nelson

Additional Credits: Editor: Kevin Klauber, Cinematographer: Nicola Marsh, Sound Mixer: Dennis Hamlin, Additional Editing: Douglas Blush, Associate Producer: Caryn Capotosto

Principal Cast: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Sting, Claudia Lennear, Tata Vega


Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville is regarded as one of the top music documentarians in the industry. Over the past 20 years, Neville has created films about many of the musicians who have helped shape 20th Century music. Neville has been nominated for three Grammys for his music films. Titles include "Troubadours" and "Crossfire Hurricane".

Distributor: N.A.-Radius TWC; Intl.- Elle Driver / Wild Bunch

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