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SFFILM Festival

Luther: Never Too Much

Directed by Dawn Porter

USA | Documentary | 101

25 Apr
Thu, Apr 25 at 8:30 pm PT


One can never get too much Luther Vandross, as Dawn Porter’s wonderfully comprehensive and jubilant film demonstrates. Known as the “Velvet Voice,” Vandross sold over 40 million records, recording 11 platinum albums. The documentary begins as his career starts as an 18-year-old performing with his first group on Sesame Street. From there, he segues into gigs as a behind-the-scenes vocalist, singing and arranging with David Bowie and several notable R&B acts, and writing and performing numerous lucrative ad jingles. Porter’s film also dives into more sensitive territory, including unwanted journalistic focus on his weight and personal life, and his feelings of being relegated to a certain “type” of music. Featuring classic performances of Vandross hits like “Any Love,” “A House Is Not a Home,” and the titular foot-tapper, the documentary is filled with reminiscences and insights by Jamie Foxx, Mariah Carey, Dionne Warwick, and archival interviews with the man himself.

Director Dawn Porter

Dawn Porter began her documentary directing career with Gideon’s Army (2013), which received a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for best documentary. Among her subsequent works are Trapped (2016), winner of a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival; John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020), recipient of a NAACP Image Award; The Way I See It (2020); the miniseries 37 Words (2022); and The Lady Bird Diaries (2023), winner of the Louis Black/Lone Star award at SXSW. SFFILM named her Essential SF in 2018.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2024

Premiere California

Runtime 101

Country USA

Director Dawn Porter

Executive Producer Dawn Porter, Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Tom Mackay, Richard Story, Jon Platt, Brian Monaco, Colin Firth, David Gottlieb, Phil Thornton, Carmen Romano, Brenda Shields, Fonzi Thornton, Seveda Williams, Larry Mestel, Natalia Nastaskin

Producer Trish D Chetty, Ged Doherty, Datari Turner, Jamie Foxx, Leah Smith

Editor Mark Fason

Cinematographer Bryan Gentry

Music Robert Glasper

Closed Captions Closed Captions are confirmed for this program

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not yet confirmed for this program

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently scheduled for this film