Twenty Feet From Stardom
The Academy Award-winning untold story of backup singers in popular music, 20 Feet From Stardom is a celebration of the voices from the edge that brought shape and style to the soundtracks of our lives. The film stars Ms. Lisa Fischer, who will perform at the Carolina Theatre on Oct. 25 (co-presented with NS2). All guests who buy -- or have bought tickets -- to the Oct. 25 Lisa Fischer show receive FREE ADMISSION to this screening of the Oscar-winning documentary.
What would a pop song be without the riffs, refrains, and harmonies of its backup vocalists? Although these singers are usually relegated to the margins, and few, if any, become household names, their work has defined countless songs that remain in our hearts and collective consciousness. 20 Feet from Stardom juxtaposes interviews with industry legends (Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, and others) and the relative unknowns who support them like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill as they illuminate the art of melding their own distinct voices with lead vocals and reveal their desires for careers as solo artists.
20 Feet from Stardom traces the backup singers’ history—from those Phil Spector–produced pop tunes and soul-inspired British Explosion acts (Joe Cocker, the Rolling Stones) of the 1960s, to their reversal of fortune when the recording industry changed in the 1990s, and into today. Filmmaker Morgan Neville’s unprecedented look at the moving personal journeys of these normally uncelebrated artists pays tribute to their indelible role in popular music. (Written by K.Y. / Sundance Film Guide)
Thursday, October 13