20 Feet From Stardom
Starring: Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Stevvi Alexander
Directed by: Morgan Neville
Opens July 5th
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Opening this week as a Harkins Camelview Exclusive is the documentary “20 Feet From Stardom”, winner of the Golden Space Needle Award at the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the 2013 RiverRun International Film Festival.
You have heard the songs, but do you know the story behind the lyrics? Many of the most beloved songs of all time feature voices you may never heard their names or seen their faces. This film chronicles some of the most famous back up singers and their journey through the music business. Interviews include appearances by talent such as Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Ray Charles (Footage), Lou Adler, Sheryl Crow, Bette Midler, Mick Jagger and many more.
What struck me as fascinating while watching this film is that it was an education in the music industry on how these singers got their break. While some tried to go solo and make it big on their own, the politicking, backstabbing and behind the scenes drama that is presented is rather engrossing. It was amazing to see what it takes to be a backup performer and the individual challenges they face behind the headliner names. If you’re a music lover, this is a must see film for you as it takes such an in-depth look at the Biz that you may be amazed at what you’ll learn. Check out “20 Feet from Stardom” when it opens at Harkins Camelview starting Friday July 5, 2013.