20 FEET FROM STARDOM is a chronicle of exploitation and appropriation — in other words, the music business — and also a series of tales of professional commitment and artistic triumph. The picture it paints is gratifyingly complicated.

— A. O. Scott, New York Times

20 Feet From Stardom

Film • Jul 28

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Featuring a live musical performance from Queen Tanesha!

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names.

20 Feet From Stardom 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 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.

The artists span a range of styles, genres, and eras of popular music, but each has a unique and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, 20 Feet From Stardom boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, and Sting.


2013. USA. 91 minutes. Rated PG-13 for some strong language and sexual material.