Twenty Feet From Stardom, director Morgan Neville’s documentary about the backup vocalists who have toiled in the shadows of rock and soul’s greatest artists, was acquired by RADiUS-TWC after an opening-night premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Neville, who has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for his music films, including one on Johnny Cash, directed his lens on a group of female singers who’d attempted their own solo careers but settled for providing the supporting vocals for iconic artists like Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and Stevie Wonder.
Last night, following an enthusiastic reception in Park City, three of the featured singers from the film — Merry Clayton, Tata Vega and Judith Hill — took center stage and performed. “I’m so happy that these amazing singers who have spent their careers supporting stars are finally going to get their moment in the spotlight. We’re thrilled to be working with RADiUS and The Weinstein Company — it means their voices will finally be heard,” said Neville in a statement.
“I’ve always been drawn to the underdog story and can’t think of a more poignant subject matter that showcases such rare talent,” said Harvey Weinstein, whose multi-platform label acquired the North American rights to the music doc. “The subtleties and nuances of this incredible story are so delicate and intimately told that we feel a great responsibility to ensure audiences everywhere have the opportunity to see it.”
Financial terms were not disclosed, but RADiUS-TWC intends to release the film in theaters late this summer.