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Sundance 2013: RADiUS-TWC Snags Opening-Night Doc 'Twenty Feet From Stardom'

Photo of Jay A. Fernandez By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire January 18, 2013 at 3:20PM

Not wasting any time Friday, RADiUS-TWC snatched up North American rights to opening-night documentary “Twenty Feel From Stardom."
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"Twenty Feet from Stardom"
"Twenty Feet from Stardom"

RADiUS-TWC snatched up North American rights to opening-night film “Twenty Feet From Stardom,” which premiered late Thursday night at the Eccles Theatre. RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego plan a late summer theatrical release.

Morgan Neville directed the documentary, which looks at the many talented back-up singers who have performed onstage with some of the biggest names in music over the last half-century. Late A&M Records exec Gil Friesen produced.

“We were overwhelmed by this beautiful film that focuses on the underdog — these incredible artists who, until now, have been largely unknown,” said Quinn and Janego, who negotiated the deal with Submarine's Josh Braun and David Koh on behalf of the filmmakers. “We've been coming to Sundance for more than 15 years and we've rarely, if ever, seen an audience reaction like we did last night.”

The Weinstein Co.’s multi-platform label, RADiUS-TWC recently released “Bachelorette,” which it acquired at the 2012 Sundance festival, and it has “Only God Forgives” and Errol Morris’ “The Unknown Known” heading to theaters this year.

This article is related to: RADiUS-TWC, 20 Feet From Stardom, Sundance Film Festival, Festivals, Acquisitions, Documentary