20 Feet From Stardom

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Winner of the Academy Award ®  for BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE!

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. These world-famous figures take a backseat, however, to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.


Morgan Neville


Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fisher, the Waters Family, and Tata Vega


Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, and Bette Midler

Director of Photography

Nicola B. Marsh and Graham Willoughby


Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers

  • Judith Hill at the mic.
  • Lisa Fischer in 20 FEET FROM STARDOM.
  • Darlene Love, Jo Lawry, Judith Hill, and Lisa Fischer recording "Lean on Me".
  • "Diva" Merry Clayton and Judith Hill.
  • Lisa Fischer harmonizing in 20 FEET FROM STARDOM.
  • Darlene Love singing lead on "Lean on Me".