The SBIFF Diary, March 12: Dionne Warwick, the Women’s Panel, and Roger Dorling’s Final Notes

SBIFF 2022 ends with Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me MoreAnd it proved to be an ideal and consoling place to conclude a dense and impressive celebration. Hearing and seeing Warwick perform songs from genius songwriters Bert Bacharach and Hal David was a climax on Sunday night in Arlington. Warwick’s legendary career and strong ability to blend pop, gospel, and R&B make her legendary, not to mention her work as an AIDS activist and ambassador and her song “That What Friends Are For” is an enduring anthem. However, Bacharach’s set in the 1960s – “Anyone with a Heart”, “Never Make Me”, “Say a Little Prayer”, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose”, “What the World Needs Now,” and others — is still an immortal manna In Warwick’s work, the inevitable climax of the document.

According to director Dave Woolley, who also co-wrote Warwick’s bio, the film was in perfect line with other music documentaries at this year’s festival. They all told the full stories of deserving musicians like Jose Feliciano, the underrated women’s band Fanny, and Americana fave Peter Kiss (who appeared in Metro with guitar and vocals at the ready).

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