RUNTIME: 108 min.
GENRE: Documentary, Concerts
CAST: Alex Alexander, Donald Becks, JR., Gary Bosek, Michael Ellison, Otis Lockhart, Brian Marable, Antonie Mckay
DIRECTOR: Paul Justman
SYNOPSIS: Their music is famous around the world, though their names are not. Known as the Funk Brothers, they put the backbeat-the soul-into the countless hits of Motown Records for such legendary performers as Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, and many others. Creating music that helped to define the era of the 1960s, providing a soundtrack to the civil rights movement, Vietnam War protests and the social upheavals of the time, while also remaining a vital influence to this day, these musicians played on more #1 records than the Beatles, the Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley combined. Based on Allan Slutsky's award-winning book of the same name, STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN tells the story of the Funk Brothers by combining exclusive interviews, archival footage, re-enactments, reminiscences, and thrilling new performances by the reunited Funk Brothers. Joining this legendary hit-machine onstage are such incredible contemporary vocalists such as Ben Harper, Joan Osborne, Meshell Ndegeocello and Montell Jordan and R&B greats Chaka Khan, Gerald Levert and Bootsy Collins.