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Big Smash! Music Scene: STILL BILL: Bill Withers Documentary Winnipeg Premiere!

21/11/2009

tl_files/media/images/Big Smash! Music Scene/Bill+Withers+BillWithers01.jpgBig Smash! Music Scene presents:
STILL BILL
Saturday Nov. 21 - 7:00pm
Upstairs at Aqua Books
274 Garry St.
Admission by donation!
www.big-smash.com

Whatever happened to Bill Withers? Filmmakers Damani Baker and Alex Vlack made a decision eight years ago to find the answer. After dealing with some initial resistance, they found that Bill Withers was willing to open up to them. Still Bill, the final result of their collaboration, focuses on the life of the singer-songwriter, whose catalog includes such hits as "Ain't No Sunshine", "Use Me", "Lean on Me" and "Just the Two of Us." The documentary follows Withers to his birthplace of Slab Fork, West Virginia and to New York City, where a concert is given in his honor, but is mainly focused on Withers' life in Los Angeles, where he resides with his family. Withers grew up an asthmatic stutterer, which led to some self-esteem/self-worth issues that he still deals with. Before he burst into the world of music, Withers spent time working in a factory and seemed to have no real hankering for fame. Perhaps that is why it wasn't too difficult for him to stop releasing albums after his lousy experience with a big-name record label.

The documentary weaves together concert footage, as well as Withers' past and current music, while Withers recounts his experiences in the business and why he gave it up (he hasn't put out an album in over 20 years). Featuring appearances by Dr. Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), Sting, and family friends, the film strives to shed some light on Bill Withers in his 70th year.

Thanks to Into the Music and Aqua Books for promotional sponsorship and support!

 

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