20 Feet From StardomUSA | 2013 | 91 min. | Rated PG-13 | Documentary
Friday September 20, 2013
Martha's Vineyard Film Center
$12 General Admission, $9 Member and child age 14 or younger
Doors Open for admissions 30 min. prior to screening - buy at center or online BUY TICKETS
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville 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, 20 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.
"20 Feet From Stardom may possibly be the happiest time you'll have at the movies all summer..."
--Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
"Sometimes it's racism; sometimes bum luck; sometimes it's producer Phil Spector putting Love's voice in another singer's mouth. You watch. You hear the gospel spoken in the voices of these women. And you marvel."
--Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Seattle International Film Festival