Paul Williams Still Alive, Stephen Kessler
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Paul Williams STILL ALIVE, directed by Stephen Kessler, will be released theatrically in New York on June 8th at The Angelika and in Los Angeles on June 22nd at the Nuart with a national rollout to follow.
The film premiered to acclaim at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and had its U.S. premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.
From the company that brought you ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL comes Paul Williams STILL ALIVE which critics are hailing as a "remarkable achievement in a documentary" and a "stirring and sweet story of survival."
Paul Wiliams won Grammys and an Academy Award; wrote many #1 songs from Barbara Streisand's "Evergreen" to the Carpenter's "We've Only Just Begun" as well as Kermit the Frog's biggest hit, "The Rainbow Connection"; starred in a Brian DePalma movie; put out his own hit records and albums; was a guest on The Tonight Show fifty times; and is the president of ASCAP... and you might not have heard of him. In the 1970's, Paul Williams was the singer / actor / songwriter that emotional, alienated teenage boys all over the world wanted to be, a sex symbol before MTV, when sex symbols could be 5"2 and sing songs about loneliness with the Muppets. One of those boys was Steve Kessler, a chubby kid from Queens. Thirty years later, Kessler discovered something amazing: Paul Williams didn't die. And no one had ever tried to make a documentary about him. A wistful musical journey that will re-introduce a new generation to Williams' soulful classics, Paul Williams: Still Alive is the charmingly self-narrated story of Stephen Kessler's lifelong obsession with the former superstar-and what happens when the nostalgic filmmaker finally catches up with him.
Running time is 84 minutes.
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