DIONNE WARWICK: DON’T MAKE ME OVER

DIONNE WARWICK: DON’T MAKE ME OVER

2021 (USA) 95 minutes

Directed by: Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner

Dionne Warwick is a living legend. With that singular voice, both delicate and impassioned, her interpretations of many songs are regarded as definitive. Her activist work has had a profound impact, yielding her 1985 version of “That’s What Friends Are For.” The core of the film is Warwick herself. Charismatic, outspoken, and stylish, she’s a great raconteur, chronicling her New Jersey roots, formative experiences singing in church, and early success at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater. She also toured the southern US with Sam Cooke at the height of the Jim Crow segregation, fighting back against racist humiliation on a daily basis. She became the first Black artist to win a Grammy in the Pop category in 1969 with “San Jose” and repeated in 1971 with “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.” Warwick’s testimonies are complimented by a galaxy of colleagues and admirers: Burt Bacharach, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys, Bill Clinton, Carlos Santana, Snoop Dogg and Warwick’s cousin, the late Whitney Houston (in archival material).

Premiere – Toronto Film Festival
Winner – Special Tribute Award – Toronto Film Festival