MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF),

produced and presented by Miami Dade College, kicked off its Festival week with the opening night screening of the film Twenty Feet from Stardom. One of the film’s leading and legendary stars, Darlene Love, was at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts for a special performance.

Scroll down the page to see coverage from more of the on stage film maker interviews.

Twenty Feet from Stardom, directed by Morgan Neville, is a documentary that shines a light on the black back-up singers who lend their strong voices to the songs that have become some of our favorites. Neville interviews music legends such as Bruce SpringsteenMick Jagger, and Stevie Wonder, whose music has been transformed by the help of the back-up singers. However, the real stars of the film are singers like Darlene LoveMerry Clayton, andLisa Fischer. These women tell their stories behind their careers, their anonymity, and their experience being twenty feet from stardom.

 

Watch the on stage ‘question and answer ‘ session with Cucu Diamantes and director Jorge Perugorria following the showing of their film Amor Cronico at the thirteenth Miami International Film Festival. Grammy nominee Cucú Diamantes returns to her homeland in Cuba to perform her songs while becoming the first touring artist from outside the country in over 50 years. Along the way she realizes that she is “too much of a Cuban to live in New York, too much of a New Yorker to live in Havana”. This paradox, along with a new-found romance, sets her semi-fictional lead character on a whirlwind tour through the Cuban heartland. Cuban filmmaker Jorge Perugorría mixes live concert footage with an over-the-top fiction smorgasbord to create a love story and a road movie with a flashy musical twist. — Andres Castillo

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