Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Lisa fischer no longer just 20 feet from stardom las. Twenty feet from stardoms forte is this confident mix of insider information and raisethehairsonyourarms entertainment. Lisa fischer who has appeared on albums by sting, tina turner and aretha franklin, as well as touring with the rolling stones. They have long deserved the spotlight, and the documentary gives them their due, allowing each subject to share not only their vocal genius, but also their histories, professional and personal. In each scene, shes comfortable and quietly confident. Find out where 20 feet from stardom is streaming, if 20 feet from stardom is on netflix, and get news and updates, on decider. I walked out of morgan nevilles documentary 20 feet from stardom on air, wanting to tell everyone i knew that they had to see that movie. The title of the wonderful documentary 20 feet from stardom can be taken literally. Darlene love, lisa fischer, tata vega, merry clayton, and judith hill have shared the stage with the likes of mick jagger, michael jackson, and sting. Four female journalists follow a parade of flawed presidential candidates in this drama series inspired by amy chozicks book chasing.
Spotlighting background singers in twenty feet from stardom. The intent is to give these singers the honor due them after a life of obscurity. This movie focuses on the role of the background singer in popular and rock music from the 1960s to today. Why is morgan nevilles oscarwinning film the first to put those underappreciated heroes of the music business. The inside story of rock and rolls bestkept secret, which focused on. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but weve had no idea who these singers are. New members save 20 % off free curbside pickup jigsaw puzzles for all ages. In his compelling new film 20 feet from stardom, awardwinning director morgan neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers. Were thrilled to have won best documentary feature at last nights critics choice movie awards.
Ithaca times compared the film to the 2012 book the wrecking crew. Think of gimme shelter by the rolling stones or hit the road jack with ray charles. However, these worldfamous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film. Darlene love in twenty feet from stardom 20 merry clayton and darlene. The websites critical consensus reads rich, insightful, and occasionally heartbreaking, 20 feet from stardom is an energetic tribute to the passion, talent, and hard work of backup singers. The film has been compared to the similarly themed book the wrecking crew. The untold story of backup singers in popular music. 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. Filmmaker morgan neville celebrates the contributions of longtime backup singers like darlene love.
Twenty feet from stardom pays homage to some of these unsung heroes, including darlene love the uncredited lead voice on some of phil spectors most memorable productions of the 1960s. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to. And the oscar goes to 20 feet from stardom, who took home the best documentary statue at last nights academy awards. With darlene love, merry clayton, lisa fischer, judith hill. Now, in this awardwinning documentary, director morgan neville shines the spotlight on the untold stories of such legendary background singers as darlene love, merry clayton, lisa fischer, judith hill, and more. The cast and crew of the documentary 20 feet from stardom recall the beginning of. Claudia lennear, featured in 20 feet from stardom, looks.
Bette midler and sting all bear witness and theorize about why that 20foot leap to. A good part of the film focuses on the career of darlene love, who was one of the. For most of her musical life, lisa fischer was just fine with being 20 feet from stardom. Jun 23, 2014 explore mac41s board 20 feet from stardom. We look ahead to oprah winfrey and forrest whitaker in the butler and ashton kutcher in jobs. Allstar s uch a great idea for a documentary, and such a surprise to realise that it has never been done before. New members save 20% off free curbside pickup jigsaw puzzles for all ages. In his compelling new film 20 feet from stardom, awardwinning 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. In his compelling new film 20 feet from stardom, awardwinning director morgan neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the. The oscarwinning 20 documentary focused on pop musics. Twenty feet to stardom the film twenty feet to stardom discussed about women with great voices working as backup singers. Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names.
I cant remember the exact moment i became aware of the oscar winning documentary 20 feet from stardom, but it was some time last year and i recall at the time thinking i must see this film. Merry clayton who contributed a striking vocal cameo on the rolling stones gimme shelter. Winner of the 2014 academy award for best documentary feature, this film takes a look at the world of backup vocalists and the legends they support. See more ideas about 20 feet from stardom, saint james and catholic saints. Midler and others, 20 feet from stardom is a rousing and illuminating film that explores artistic aspiration and examines a moneyfocused music industry that is often treacherous and exploitative. Backup singers may not seem as important to many people but in reality this women were very important to the actual songs. Disgraced doctor at the center of plandemic, has a bestselling book on. When it pipped the act of killing to the best documentary oscar more than a few eyebrows were raised but it is easy to see why this appealed to academy voters as it is not only touching and soulful but also a film that offers a potted history of america through the lens of contemporary music. How 20 feet from stardom backup singers define success.
If 20 feet from stardom has a flaw, its one thats impossible to fix. A good part of the film focuses on the career of darlene love. For those who are unaware, 20 feet from stardom is a 90 minute music documentary charting the personal and professional histories of some of the unsung sheroes of the music industry the humble. Rich, insightful, and occasionally heartbreaking, 20 feet from stardom is an energetic tribute to the passion, talent, and hard work of backup singers. The documentary 20 feet from stardom seeks to rewrite the history of pop music by focusing attention on voices at once marginal and vital. Ultimately, 20 feet from stardom is a celebration of these amazing vocalists. A major delight of 20 feet from stardom are all the expert insights into the role and the importance of backup singers offered by bruce springsteen, mick jagger, and stevie wonder. Many of our favorite songs feature backup singers who often get overshadowed by the lead singer. Morgan nevilles film is about a cross section of female backup singers who, though uniformly glorious. Unable to stage a concertoftheoverlooked in the manner of buena vista social club 1999 or standing in the shadows of motown 2002, it puts its leading ladies together in softly lit studios to lay their own sheen. Sting even salutes these singers for giving a spiritual lift to rock and pop music.1355 1362 182 2 1512 605 852 1539 314 1028 776 536 144 1310 130 526 175 1146 44 303 1353 1145 856 636 314 143 166