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Sunday, June 16
8:30 PM - 10:10 PM

Landmark E-Street Cinema

555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
Friday, June 14
7:00 PM - 9:15 PM

National Museum of African American History & Culture, Oprah Winfrey Theater

1400 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20560

Luther: Never Too Much


Dawn Porter

Executive Producers

Dawn Porter, Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Tom Mackay, Richard Story, Jon Platt, Brian Monaco, Colin Firth, David Gottlieb, Phil Thornton


Trish D. Chetty, Ged Doherty, Jamie Foxx, Datari Turner, Leah Smith


Mark Fason


Bryan Gentry

Luther Vandross always believed he would be a star, but his journey to success was far from overnight. He began his career supporting industry icons like David Bowie, Roberta Flack, and Bette Midler. Despite earning platinum records and accolades, Luther initially struggled to break into mainstream success beyond the R&B charts. Driven by unwavering determination, he overcame personal and professional hurdles, ultimately establishing himself as one of the greatest vocalists in history.

In this captivating musical exploration, acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter invites audiences to delve into the iconic singer’s life, celebrated for his singular soulful velvet voice. Through a rich tapestry of archival performances and recording sessions, Porter’s narrative extends beyond the stage, offering insights from musicians and friends and archival interviews with Luther himself. These reveal his humor, struggles, and unyielding dedication to his artistry, against an industry often focused more on his weight fluctuations than the range of his octave.

Luther: Never Too Much is a heartfelt and joyous tribute to Luther Vandross and his music, resonating with profound emotion. For some, it will inspire newfound admiration for Luther, while for others, it will transport them to moments when his timeless melodies were the soundtrack to their lives.

Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Music Publishing

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Director, Luther: Never Too Much

Dawn Porter is an American documentary filmmaker and the founder of the production company Trilogy Films. Her award-winning films include Gideon’s Army, about three black public defenders working in the southern United States; Trapped, about the impact of anti-abortion laws on abortion providers in the South; and Bobby Kennedy for President, which debuted on Netflix. As a two-time Sundance film festival director, Porter’s work has been featured on HBO, Netflix, CNN, PBS, MSNBC, MTV Films, and other platforms. Porter’s latest documentary, The Lady Bird Diaries, an all-archival documentary about Lady Bird Johnson debuted at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival where it won the Lone Star Prize. After a successful festival run, the film made its broadcast debut on Hulu in November and was nominated for two Critics Choice Awards. Nominated for a 2024 Spirit Award, Deadlocked: How America Shaped the Supreme Court, is a four-part docuseries that explores the history of the Supreme Court, the justices, decisions, and confirmation battles that have shaped the United States. Additional credits include The Me You Can’t See (Apple TV+), Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer (National Geographic), The Way I See It (Focus Features), John Lewis: Good Trouble (CNN, Magnolia Pictures), 37 Words (ESPN), Un(re)solved (Frontline PBS), and Gideon’s Army (HBO).