STARTING THIS WEEKEND AT THE BELCOURT: LOCAL BACKUP SINGERS TELL THEIR STORIES OF LIVING ’20 FEET FROM STARDOM’
Celebrated Nashville background singers to participate in post-screening Q&As for Morgan Neville’s hit documentary, opening Friday
Morgan Neville's crowd-pleasing documentary, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, tells the story of famed backup singers like Darlene Love and Merry Clayton and their life walking the line between solo careers and backing up higher-profile stars. To spotlight Nashville’s wealth of talented singers, the Belcourt Theatre will host three post-screening Q&As featuring 10 Nashville-based background singers who have toured the world with leading artists in every genre of music.
The film opens Friday, June 28, and screens multiple times daily throughout the run. Go to Belcourt.org for complete schedule information.
Singer Q&A events:
Sunday, June 30, 5:25 p.m. Post-screening discussion with a group of singers who spent many years on the road singing with Wynonna Judd, among others: Vicki Hampton, Bob Bailey, Kim Fleming, and Wendy Moten.
Sunday, July 7, 5:25 p.m. Post-screening discussion with singers Marcia Ware (Lorrie Morgan, Kid Rock, Peter Frampton, Alison Krauss, Chaka Khan, Hall and Oates); Shaun Murphy (Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, Meatloaf, Phil Collins, Bruce Hornsby, Michael Bolton, Herbie Hancock, Glenn Frey); and Carmella Ramsey (Patty Loveless, Kid Rock, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Olivia Newton-John, Reba McEntire).
Sunday, July 14, 5:25 p.m. Post-screening discussion with Kim Parent (Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Lionel Richie, Faith Hill, Jo Dee Messina); Marcia Ramirez (Patty Loveless, Rodney Crowell, Tanya Tucker, Lee Ann Womack); and Britt Savage (Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett, Trisha Yearwood, Natalie Cole, Donna Summer).
Interviews/photo opps with special guests and Belcourt reps available prior to screening - MUST call in advance to set-up Photo/video opps at each event (during Q&A only), approximately 7:05-7:20 p.m. Q&A is 15 minutes.
Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Ave.
Event is included with regular ticket price
Matinee: $7.75 ($6.25 for Belcourt members)
Allison Inman, Belcourt education and engagement coordinator, Allison@belcourt.org, 615-585-8321
Stephanie Silverman, Belcourt executive director, Stephanie@belcourt.org, 615-390-6867
Tickets and information: www.belcourt.org
For up-to-the-minute information, check the Belcourt’s Facebook page or Twitter: @belcourt
ABOUT 20 FEET FROM STARDOM
Crowd pleasing and lovingly assembled, a juxtaposition of interviews with industry legends (Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger) and the background singers who supported them, including Darlene Love (the un-credited lead voice on some of Phil Spector's most memorable productions of the 1960s), Merry Clayton (the bone-chilling BGV on Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter"), Lisa Fischer (Sting, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin), and the Waters Family (Michael Jackson, The Lion King)…. Filmmaker Morgan Neville’s unprecedented look at the personal journeys of these uncelebrated artists pays tribute to their indelible role in popular music.
The Belcourt Theatre is a nonprofit cultural institution that engages, enriches and educates audiences through innovative film programming. Housed in Nashville’s only historic neighborhood theatre, the Belcourt presents the best of independent, documentary, world, and repertory cinema 365 days a year, while promoting visual literacy and providing opportunities for people of all ages to experience the power of film. First opened in 1925 as a silent movie house, the theatre was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1934-35. Since the re-opening of the theatre as a nonprofit arthouse in 1999, over a half million people have visited the Belcourt to see more than 1,000 films from every corner of the globe.