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Rated PG-13 · 90 minutes · 2013
There have been a lot of heavy documentaries lately, so here’s one you can just watch—and more important, listen to—and thoroughly enjoy. Like the decade-old Standing in the Shadows of Motown, 20 Feet from Stardom shines much-needed light on the essential personnel making classic music who never get recognition. Standing in the Shadows was about the house band on the vast majority of Motown records, and 20 Feet gives background singers a solo. From Darlene Love (enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two years ago) to big, powerful voices like Lisa Fischer, Merry Clayton and Claudia Lennear, the film fills out the picture on some of the greatest songs of all time. Stars like Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Sting praise not just these singers but the lost art of backing vocals as a whole. An absolute treat.
Director: Morgan Neville
Producer: Gil Friesen, Caitrin Rogers, Morgan Neville, George Conrades, Art Bilger, Peter Morton and Joel Ehrenkranz

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Creative Loafing Tampa 20 Feet From Stardom goes behind the music Backup singers grab the spotlight in this hummable doc. by Joe Bardi 07/10/2013
New Times San Luis Obispo Review: 20 Feet From Stardom Ken Korman on a documentary about unsung backup singers by Ken Korman 09/03/2013
Portland Mercury Just a Shot Away Backup singers take the stage in 20 Feet from Stardom by Elinor Jones 07/03/2013
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Gambit Review: 20 Feet From Stardom Ken Korman on a documentary about unsung backup singers by Ken Korman 09/03/2013
Indy Week The unsung vocalists of Twenty Feet From Stardom Joyous, uplifting, melancholy and nostalgic, Twenty Feet From Stardom is a stunning salute to the singers who stay in the background, but whose talents can never be contained there. by Craig D. Lindsey 07/10/2013
Boise Weekly 20 Feet From Stardom: Unsung Heroines Now playing at The Flicks by George Prentice 07/24/2013
The Coast Halifax 20 Feet from Stardom Backups in the spotlight by Jacob Boon 08/01/2013

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