Still Bill (film)
Still Bill is a 2009 documentary film about musician Bill Withers. It received its world premiere at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival. The title is a reference to Withers' 1972 album of the same name.
|Directed by||Damani Baker |
|Produced by||Damani Baker |
|Music by||Robert Burger |
|Cinematography||Damani Baker |
|Edited by||Jon Fine |
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|Distributed by||B-Side Entertainment|
The film received mostly positive reviews. On Metacritic the film has a score of a 76 out of 100 based on reviews from 5 critics, indicating "generally positive reviews." On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 100% based on reviews from 6 critics.
[Withers] still lives and survives as a happy man. Still Bill is about a man who topped the charts, walked away from it all in 1985 and is pleased that he did... Perhaps in an attempt to slip some "meaning" into the film, the documentarians Damani Baker and Alex Vlack arrange a conversation with the scholar Cornel West and Tavis Smiley from PBS. It feels like they're trying to lead Bill into heavy generalizations, but he won't go there. Withers seems as close to everyday Zen as I can imagine. He talks a great deal about his philosophy, to be sure, but it's direct and manifestly true: Make the most of your chances, do the best you can, stop when you're finished, love your family, enjoy life.
Mike Hale of The New York Times also thought the film was well done and mirrored Ebert's position on the interview with West and Smiley:
Offstage Bill Withers, the eternal hero of karaoke baritones, exhibits the same gift for aphorism and general soulfulness that informed hit songs like "Lean on Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine." This makes much of the biographical documentary Still Bill pleasant and even moving... A dialogue among Mr. Withers, the scholar Cornel West and the television host Tavis Smiley feels forced.
- "Still Bill (2009)". AllMovies. Retrieved 2015-06-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Still Bill". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
- "Still Bill (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2021-01-01.
- Ebert, Roger (2010-02-10). "Still Bill". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
- Hale, Mike (2010-01-27). "'Still Bill' — A Documentary Looks at Bill Withers". New York Times. Retrieved 2015-06-16.