Music on Film: Twenty Feet From Stardom
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Hot Docs Ted Rogers CinemaTue, Jan 26, 2016 6:30 PM Not Available
Film Info
Run Time:90 min
Director(s):Morgan Neville
Distributed by:Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Mick Jagger and more

Music on Film: Showcasing inspiring music docs from around the world and special guest speakers selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film, Twenty Feet From Stardom, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, Twenty Feet From Stardom boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take centre stage in the film.

Includes a post-screening Q&A and performance by musician NEFE, moderated by Mervon Mehta, The Royal Conservatory of Music's Executive Director of Performing Arts.

Tickets: $16 (Bloor members: $12, $10, Free)

Presented by The Royal Conservatory of Music and Hot Docs.

Additional Information

Winner—Best Documentary Feature, 86th Academy Awards®

Winner—Grammy Award for Best Music Film 2015

Nominated—Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2013