Remember songwriter/actor/composer Paul Williams? The diminutive talent was everywhere in the ’70s, but he walked away from it all, and a new generation of pop music lovers has no idea who he is. Director Stephen Kessler sets out to remedy that situation in), a documentary about his journey to find his musical. hero will bring the songwriting genius to longtime fans and new listeners
Even if you don't know Paul Williams, you know his timeless classics . . . "We've Only Just Begun " and "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Evergreen," "An Old Fashioned Love Song" and our fave, sung by Kermit the Frog, "Rainbow Connection"
Why are there so many
Songs about rainbows
And what's on the other side
Rainbow's are visions
They're only illusions
And rainbows have nothing to hide
So we've been told and some chose to
But I know they're wrong wait and see
Someday we'll find it
The Rainbow Connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me
Elvis, Babs, Karen and Richard, Frankie and Bowie are some of the greats who have recorded his songs. He has won Grammys and an Oscar, made his own hit records, had a busy acting career (Smokey and the Bandit, Phantom of the Paradise) and made 50 appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.
But where has he been for the last 20 years? Stephen Kessler wanted to know, so he set out to find Williams. The result: Paul Williams: Still Alive (Virgil Films), an exhilarating film about a fan finally meeting his hero and getting him to open up about his career and why he seemed to simply give it all up. The revelations in the film will stun and move fans, particularly when Williams opens up about his personal struggles and his triumphant return to the music industry as the president of ASCAP.
A wistful musical journey that will reintroduce a new generation to Williams' soulful classics, Paul Williams: Still Alive is the charmingly self-narrated story of what happens when a nostalgic filmmaker finally catches up with his hero.
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