Paul Williams Still Alive

Paul Williams Still Alive

Stephen Kessler
 Cast: Stephen Kessler
Stephen Kessler
, Paul Williams
Paul Williams
, Mariana Williams
Mariana Williams
, Chris Caswell
Chris Caswell

DVD (Wide Screen)

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Overview

Director Stephen Kessler sets out to profile the prolific singer/songwriter/actor who seemed ubiquitous in the 1970s and '80s, only to disappear from the spotlight following a protracted battle with drugs and alcohol. Convinced that the once-prolific Paul Williams has passed away as he scours the Internet to purchase one of his albums, Kessler discovers to his surprise that not only is Williams alive and well, but he's also still performing regularly to adoring fans around the world. Like many teens of the 1970s and '80s, Kessler connected with Williams' pensive, poetic songs about love and loneliness, and upon learning that he would be performing at a Winnipeg screening of Phantom of the Paradise (panned by critics, the notorious Brian De Palma bomb was a massive hit in just two cities: Winnipeg and Paris), the filmmaker convinces Williams to be profiled in a documentary. At first Williams is somewhat aloof, yet Kessler persists and, in time, makes a breakthrough by bonding with the performer over his favorite seafood. Meanwhile, as Kessler begins exploring the highs and lows of Williams' career, the subject pulls the storyteller into the film, and a close friendship begins to develop. Later, Kessler tags along with Williams for a concert in the Philippines, where their bond is cemented during a tense bus ride through the Mindanao jungle. As a result, the filmmaker gets the one thing he's craved since one of his earliest meetings with Williams, though when it seems to go awry he fears that he may have betrayed his new friend's trust.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2013
UPC: 0829567083628
Original Release: 2011
Rating: NR
Source: Virgil Films
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 24,602

Special Features

Bonus concert footage

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Williams Participant
Stephen Kessler Participant
Mariana Williams Participant
Chris Caswell Participant
Dustin Hoffman Actor
Johnny Carson Actor
Burt Reynolds Actor
Helen Reddy Actor
Angie Dickinson Actor
Willie Nelson Actor
Warren Beatty Actor
Telly Savalas Actor
Deborah Harry Actor
Robert Blake Actor
Richard Carpenter Actor
Karen Carpenter Actor
Dick Clark Actor
Gabe Kaplan Actor
Peter Lawford Actor
Barbra Streisand Actor
Toni Tennille Actor
Daryl Dragon Actor
Pat McCormick Actor
John Travolta Actor
Jason Mraz Actor
Three Dog Night Actor
Jack Klugman Actor
Tony Randall Actor
Ed McMahon Actor
Robert Redford Actor
Loretta Swit Actor

Technical Credits
Stephen Kessler Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Perry Andelin Blake Production Designer
Jamie Cervantes Sound Mixer
Marcos Contreras Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Czarnecki Producer
Jeff Gregory Sound Mixer
Scott Kinsey Sound Mixer
Dave Koza Editor
Eric J. Limcaoco Sound Mixer
Vern Nobles Cinematographer
Alicia van Couvering Co-producer
Mike Wilkins Producer
Paul Williams Songwriter
David Zieff Editor,Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Paul Williams: Still Alive
1. "I Always Thought He Died Too Young" [4:35]
2. Phantompalooza [6:37]
3. One of those PBS Documentaries [3:36]
4. San Francisco [7:59]
5. More Special, Less Different [4:52]
6. Houston [5:45]
7. Speakeasy [3:05]
8. Married [2:10]
9. Las Vegas [7:54]
10. "All of a Sudden, You Were Everywhere" [2:48]
11. Golfing with Paul [1:53]
12. Plane to Philippines [3:47]
13. Paul's Fifth Academy Award Nomination [7:06]
14. Bus Ride Through the Jungle [6:24]
15. A Drowning Man [2:47]
16. Time and Tide [1:25]
17. A Sleepover [6:10]
18. "What If I Told You...?" [3:27]
19. "Still Alive" [4:03]

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