Alumnus Wins Academy Award

Morgan Neville, C’89, won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary for 20 Feet from Stardom, a film he directed and produced. The documentary gives a behind-the-scenes look at the careers of background singers for major acts.

Neville’s other films include Shotgun Freeway: Drives Through Lost L.A., The Cool School, Johnny Cash's America, Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied, and Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story. He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, and won a season Emmy for Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues. Neville founded Tremolo Productions in 1999, and the company is now regarded as a top producer of documentary films. Recent productions include Pearl Jam Twenty for director Cameron Crowe, and the Detroit firefighter documentary Burn, winner of the 2012 Tribeca Audience Award.

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