Standing in the Shadows of Motown
Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Standing in the Shadows of Motown

2002
PG, L, M
This documentary mixes performances, interviews and reenactments to celebrate the Funk Brothers, the 1960s soul hitmakers. As the musicians behind the Temptations, the Four Tops and others, the "brothers" were hugely successful, yet relatively anonymous compared to the famous singers they backed. They get their due here, as Richard "Pistol" Allen, Benny "Papa Zita" Benjamin and bandmates discuss their Detroit youth, studio sessions alongside Marvin Gaye and nonstop touring.
Documentary
  • Director

    • Paul Justman
  • Producers

    • Paul Justman
    • Paul Elliot
    • David Scott
    • Sandford Passman
    • Alan Slutsky
    • Mary Petryshyn
  • Cast

    • Richard "Pistol" Allen
    • Jack Ashford
    • Bob Babbitt
    • Benny "Papa Zita" Benjamin
    • Eddie "Bongo" Brown
    • Bootsy Collins
    • Johnny Griffith
    • Ben Harper
    • Joe Hunter
    • James Jamerson
    • Uriel Jones
    • Montell Jordan
    • Chaka Khan
    • Gerald Levert
    • Joe Messina
    • Meshell Ndegeocello
    • Joan Osborne
    • Rudy Robinson
    • Tom Scott
    • Brian Marable
  • Writers

    • Paul Justman
    • Walter Dallas
    • Ntozake Shange
    • Alan Slutsky
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Feature

Standing in the Shadows of Motown
Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.

1h 48m 25s