The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 11, 2013

Carnegie to show ‘Twenty Feet from Stardom’

— 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.

The film will be screened Monday at 7 p.m. at The Lewis Theatre on Court Street, where all films in the Carnegie Hall Film Series are shown.

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 back seat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.

In the Carnegie Series, each film is $7 or a subscription to the series is $15. Film Series subscriptions include a discount on popcorn and fountain drinks and free admission to films shown at Carnegie Hall, excluding Carnegie Cast.

For more information, call 304-645-7917.

The Carnegie Hall Film Series is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the following sponsors: Paul and Ann Moran, and Harvey and Naomi Cohen.