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TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM

USA, 2013 (MIFF 2013, Backbeat)

Director: Morgan Neville

"You may not know their names, but the performances of these instantly recognizable backups singers are unforgettable." - Hollywood Reporter

The back-up singers who made great songs greater and enhanced the voices of music icons from Mick Jagger to Stevie Wonder step into the limelight in Morgan Neville's (Troubadours, MIFF 2011) Twenty Feet From Stardom.

Set against an unforgettable soundtrack and shining the spotlight on these larger-than-life men and women - the unsung heroes behind the biggest hits of the past few decades - Neville's thoroughly enjoyable Sundance opening night selection builds a contextual collage punctuated with archival footage and interviews with music industry luminaries including Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon. The result is a genuinely fresh perspective into an often-overlooked part of modern music history.

D Morgan Neville P Gil Friesen, Caitrin Rogers Dist Transmission Films TD DCP/2013

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