Deadline reported that the awaited Dionne Warwick film, Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, will premiere on CNN on Jan. 1, 2023. Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner headed the film’s production. The company expressed its praise for the film that it poured its work into in a press release.
“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.” CNN Films continued, “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.”
The company continued to explain the medium in which they would highlight Warwick’s fantastic accomplishments in the music industry and outside of it. The film “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,” They continue to list an impressive line up of music legends that would make appearances. People like “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.” The film would also give insightful background about creating some of Warwick’s hit songs.
“Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner have created a beautiful tribute that shows the enduring impact of Dionne Warwick,” said a representative of CNN films, “Her trailblazing, humanitarian legacy extends beyond her exquisite songbook, and she’s had a lasting cultural influence.”
The 81-year-old Warwick took to Twitter to express her excitement for the upcoming film’s release.
What a dream. Thank you to my entire team. ❤️🥰 https://t.co/dnvyXH43KJ
— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) August 24, 2022
Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival a year ago. It achieved first runner-up for the People’s Choice Documentary Award and earned a Special Tribute Award.