Here is the first official trailer for Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, the award-winning documentary chronicling the iconic singer Dionne Warwick’s six-decade career in both music and Black and LGBTQ activism.
Directed by Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner, Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over had its world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival and will broadcast with limited commercial interruption on New Year’s Day, 2023 – Sunday, Jan. 01, at 9:00pm ET & PT, exclusively on CNN.
Ms. Warwick’s own velvet-toned voice largely tells the story of her music and life for the film, underscoring her creative and cultural legacies during six decades of an extraordinary career. The film explores her stunning range of musical styles and versatility. Her career has soared despite dramatic upheaval within a fickle industry, and flourished through multigenerational social change. Along the way, Warwick has earned six Grammys, amassed an astonishing array of global solo and duet hits, and remains a stalwart advocate and ally for racial equality and justice, women’s rights, and LGBTQ+ rights.
Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over blends archival footage with personal photographs, and newsreels of Warwick’s career. Her grace, grit, and singular talent are reflected upon in exclusive interviews with her sons, Damon and David Elliott; music legends Burt Bacharach, Clive Davis, Snoop Dogg, Gloria Estefan, Barry Gibb, Berry Gordy, Elton John, Cissy Houston, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight, Melissa Manchester, Olivia Newton-John, Smokey Robinson, Carlos Santana, Valerie Simpson, and Stevie Wonder; as well as commentary from former President Bill Clinton, philanthropist and designer Kenneth Cole, amfAR HIV/AIDS research advocate, Kevin Frost; and Rev. Jesse Jackson. The film also includes the backstories behind the blockbuster hit songs: “That’s What Friends Are For,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?,” “Alfie,” “Heartbreaker,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” and so many more.
Watch the official trailer for Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over.