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Stephen Kessler’s Paul Williams Still Alive is a charming documentary about legendary songwriter and unlikely 70’s icon Paul Williams. A film six years in the making, it’s the story of Stephen’s childhood idol and how the unlikeliest of friendships is born between them. It is a kind of love letter that manages to be captivating and funny while not having to resort to any extravagant Hollywood magic.

Growing up in the seventies, Stephen Kessler was a lonely, awkward kid. He became fanatical about someone he could strongly relate to. Another lonely, quirky young man who was slowly appearing all over Hollywood: Paul Williams, who penned such hits as the Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun” and kid classic The Muppet’s “Rainbow Connection.” Six years ago, Stephen begins wondering what had happened to his childhood hero who had battled addictions for many years and many had presumed dead. »

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