Singing the blues for the music scene

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Musician Matt Phillips hold up a picture of his “wrap sheet” after a gig. Tom Maxwell

For young and ambitious musicians, there is strength in numbers

The Past: Winner of Golden Globe Award For Best Foreign Language Film

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ANOTHER OSCAR HOPEFUL: THE PAST

Following a four year separation, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his estranged French wife Marie (Bérénice Bejo)’s request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure so she can marry her new boyfriend Samir (Tahar Rahim). During his tense brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie’s relationship with her teenage daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet). Ahmad’s efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past.

NOW PLAYING NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES COMING SOON TO A  CITY NEAR YOU.

IN NEW YORK NOW PLAYING AT THE FILM FORUM AND THE LINCOLN PLAZA CINEMAS.

For Your Consideration: Documentary Oscar Hopeful

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This year, 147 nonfiction films officially qualified for the Best Documentary Oscar. After a preliminary round of voting, members of the Academy’s Documentary Branch whittled that list down to just 15. For one week only, Film Society presents all 15 of the shortlisted titles for your consideration. The five nominees will be announced on January 16.

20 Feet From Stardom

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Showtimes

Tue, Dec 24

9:00pm
Howard Gilman Theater

20 Feet From Stardom
Morgan Neville, 2013
USA | 91 minutes

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film 20 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. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center