Dionne Warwick Documentary streaming on CNN+ this spring
Dionne Warwick: Don’t do me again, a revealing documentary about the legendary singer, will be available on CNN+ when the streaming service launches in March. The film, created by Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner, follows Warwick’s journey from singing at her grandfather’s church to becoming the first black woman to win a Grammy. Now, at 81, Warwick is able to share his story – the whole story – with the public.
When the film debuted at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, it received positive critical reception. Don’t knock me down currently has a 7.3/10 rating on IMDb and features a wide range of loved ones and fellow Warwick musicians. One reviewer noted that it was “probably the first documentary in history to include commentary from Snoop Dogg and Bill Clinton”.
“There have been many words to describe Dionne Warwick, however, for me it boils down to one word: ‘genius’,” says Wooley. “Her extraordinary voice is a gift that she uses for her art, and always also as an instrument to create positive change, compassion and social justice, wherever she is.”
Warwick has been a musical force since the start of his career. With five Grammys and over 80 singles since 1962, his legacy is undeniable. Known for her powerful voice and meaningful songwriting, she is not only an incredible artist, but also a voice for marginalized communities.
In the film, Wooley and Heilbroner also honor Warwick’s role as an activist. Her work with African American and LGBTQ+ organizations has been one of the highlights of her seven-decade career.
One of her most notable humanitarian efforts was the release of the 1985 song “That’s What Friends Are For,” where she sang alongside Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight. Funds from sales of the song were donated to AIDS research and prevention. John also makes an appearance in the film, praising Warwick as an artist, activist and friend.
Named after his 1962 single “Don’t Make Me Over”, the film is a testament to Warwick’s incredible life and career. Dionne Warwick: Don’t do me again is one that music lovers won’t want to miss, even if it means buying a new streaming subscription.
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