Paul Williams Still Alive
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He won Grammys and an Academy Award; wrote many #1 songs from Barbra 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.
Stephen Kessler | 84 min | 2011
Director Stephen Kessler was born in New York City and educated in NYC public schools and at Stanford University, where he majored in Victorian Literature. Steve lives in the West Village and enjoys the many wonderful lunch
specials and overpriced coffee drinks in the area. Feature films: Vegas Vacation (1997), The Independent (2000). Shorts: Birch Street Gym (Academy Award nominee, 1991). Commercials: Hundreds, including the original Snapple Campaign, which has been shown in the Museum of Modern Art. Other awards: DGA Nominee Best Achievement in Commercials (1991), director of Emmy nominated short for The Jimmy Kimmel Show, The Late Night Wars (2010).
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