20 Feet From Stardom

“20 FEET FROM STARDOM may possibly be the happiest time you’ll have at the movies all summer”—Ty Burr, Boston Globe. “Directed by Morgan Neville in fan-boy mode (that’s high praise), 20 FEET FROM STARDOM is an exquisitely rendered look at the dialectics of celebrity and artistry, luck and hard work, its conversation laced with smart observations about race and gender. At heart, it’s a praise-song for the many black women whose backing oohs and aahs have done the heavy lifting of turning good songs into classics and rock stars into icons. In its goals of tracking the birth and evolution of the background singer, and rescuing the women (primarily but not exclusively black) and men from the sidelines, Neville’s camera takes in a staggering amount: old performance footage and photos; original interviews with everyone from Darlene Love and Merry Clayton to Sting and Bruce Springsteen…. STARDOM is a rousing and at times heartbreaking cinematic experience. It does what the most powerful films and music have always done, which is to spark contemplation of our own lives and choices, and our place in the world, while also stoking compassion and empathy for lives far removed from our own”—Ernest Hardy, Village Voice. PG-13. 90 Min.

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