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October 25, 2014

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New Film About Backing Vocalists Gets Picked Up At Sundance

New Film About Backing Vocalists Gets Picked Up At Sundance

Most music fans probably don't know such names as Merry Clayton, Tata Vega and Judith Hill -- but have probably heard their voices. The new documentary "Twenty Feet From Stardom" tells the story of a group of women who after falling short of their own dreams of fame became backing singers for the stars. The film includes interviews with some of the big names they worked with, such as Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Mick Jagger. "Twenty Feet From Stardom" had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival as one of the event's opening night movies screened last Thursday. "The Los Angeles Times" says Harvey Weinstein's RADiUS-TWC obtained the North American rights to the film, and is planning a summer release.

Director Morgan Neville says he's "so happy" that his movie has been picked up. He explains in a statement that it means "these amazing singers who have spent their careers supporting stars are finally going to get their moment in the spotlight." Weinstein says "Twenty Feet From Stardom" is the type of film he really likes. He explains that he's "always been drawn to the underdog story and can't think of a more poignant subject matter that showcases such rare talent."


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