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2021 Doc Stories

Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over

Directed by Dave Wooley, David Heilbroner

USA | Documentary | 95

7 Nov
Sun, Nov 7, 2021 at 8:00 pm PT


An inspirational portrait of a living legend, this documentary begins with Warwick’s youth in New Jersey, recounts her first forays at the Apollo Theater, details her tour in the south under Jim Crow laws, and depicts shopping for couture with Marlene Dietrich. This lovingly crafted film showcases Warwick’s refusal to conform, as it charts her efforts to support AIDS research, speak truth to power, and ascend the trends on Twitter. Featuring an all-star cast of commentators that includes: Gladys Knight, Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys, and Stevie Wonder, this delightful film is an ode to a music maven whose indelible mark on the world will affect generations to come.

Director Dave Wooley

Dave Wooley is a director, producer, writer, and adjunct professor at Wilmington University. He has co-written two books with Dionne Warwick: My Life, as I See It: An Autobiography, and the NAACP Image Award-nominated Say a Little Prayer. Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over is his directorial debut.

Director David Heilbroner

David Heilbroner was born in New York City and was educated as an attorney. He has produced the Oscar-nominated short documentary Traffic Stop (2017) and, with his wife Kate Davis, co-directed the documentaries Stonewall Uprising (2010) and Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland (2018). Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over is his latest film.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2021

Premiere California

Runtime 95

Country USA

Director Dave Wooley, David Heilbroner

Executive Producer Raymond Schinazi, Geralyn Dreyfous, Regina Scully, Michelle Freeman, Wes Hall

Producer Dave Wooley

Editor Stephen Perry

Cinematographer Tom Bergmann, Thaddeus Wadleigh

Music Bill Jolly