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Standing in the Shadows of Motown Details

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Based on the book of the same name by Allan Slutsky, Standing in the Shadows of Motown is a historical tribute to the unsung heroes responsible for some of the greatest hits of pop music. Part documentary and part concert performance, this film is an introduction to the intriguing personas of the Hitsville studio band originally assembled by Berry Gordy in 1959. Over 40 years later, the remaining members reunited in their home base of Detroit, MI, to tell their stories, remember their departed bandmates, and put on a concert. The creation of the Motown sound is told through in-depth interviews, archival footage, and reenactments. Personal stories are intercut with live tracks from the concert performance featuring the Funk Brothers live on-stage along with popular vocalists interpreting some of their biggest hits. Some of the guest singers stick around for conversation with the musicians and offer a contemporary perspective, including Joan Osborne, Me'Shell NdegéOcello, and Ben Harper. The film follows the group's contributions through the '60s up until Gordy moved the label to Los Angeles in 1972. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

  • Release date:November 15, 2002

Crew

Paul Justman
Director
Paul Justman
Producer
Sandy Passman
Producer
Ntozake Shange
Screenwriter
Walter Dallas
Screenwriter
Lon Stratton
Cinematographer
Douglas Milsome
Cinematographer
Anne Erikson
Editor
Mary Petryshyn
Co-producer
Keith Benson
Associate Producer
Janice Ginsberg
Associate Producer
Michael Martin
Associate Producer
Richard Adler
Associate Producer
Jonathan Dana
Consultant/advisor
Affiliated Models & Talent
Casting
Julie Smith
Casting
Christine Claussen
Casting
Marty Shea
Production Coordinator
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