20 FEET FROM STARDOM

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
FEBRUARY 5, 2014

Following the story of some of the most prestigious backup singers in music, “20 Feet From Stardom” pleasantly surprises, providing a relatable and insightful look at the music industry. Including interviews with Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Táta Vega, and Jo Lawry, and spanning decades with these women lending their vocals in some of the most famous tracks and collaborating with some of the most famous musicians of our time, this documentary recollects their illustrious pasts and shines a light on where their careers are today. Not only is the amount of songs that these women performed in baffling, but finding out that they were the voices in some of the most high profile songs of all time is quite the shock. Apart from these discoveries, however, this feels more like a VH1 special rather than an Academy Award-winning documentary. Not natural born story-tellers, most of these interviews come off a bit flat, while rock stars like Mick Jagger lend their interviewing skills to tell some stories of there, helping to somewhat balance the film. “20 Feet From Stardom” is a dime-a-dozen documentary, chronicling a group of people and their lives, and, in my opinion, is nothing compared to some truly riveting documentaries that it was pitted against this year. But landing as the feel-good documentary of the year, it bought itself the gold statue.

RELEASE DATE
June 14, 2013

DIRECTOR
Morgan Neville

STUDIO
RADiUS-TWC

PG-13
(for some strong language and sexual material)

BIOGRAPHY
DOCUMENTARY
MUSIC

91 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Graham Willoughby
Nicola Marsh

COMPOSER
Various Artists

EDITOR
Jason Zeldes
Kevin Klauber
Doug Blush

CAST
Lou Adler
Stevvi Alexander
Patti Austin
Chris Botti
Merry Clayton
Sheryl Crow
Judith Hill
Mick Jagger
Darlene Love
Bette Midler
Bruce Springsteen
Sting
Stevie Wonder
David Bowie
Ray Charles
Michael Jackson
Elton John
David Letterman
Kylie Minogue
Luther Vandross

PRODUCED BY
Gil Friesen
Caitrin Rogers
Michael K. Ross

BUDGET
$1 million

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