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Release Date:
27 January 2010 (USA) See more »
Plot:
A portrait of soul legend Bill Withers. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Bill Withers ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Clarence Avant ... Himself
Benorce Blackmon ... Himself
Cornell Dupree ... Himself
James Gadsen ... Himself
Corey Glover ... Himself
Terrell Harrison ... Himself
Nona Hendryx ... Herself
Jim James ... Himself
Mervin Johnson ... Himself

Angélique Kidjo ... Herself
Ralph MacDonald ... Himself
Raúl Midón ... Himself
Tavis Smiley ... Himself

Sting ... Himself
C.V. Thompson ... Himself

Cornel West ... Himself
Kori Withers ... Herself
Marcia Withers ... Herself
Todd Withers ... Himself

Directed by
Damani Baker 
Alex Vlack 
 
Produced by
Prudence Arndt .... archive producer
Damani Baker .... producer
Jon Fine .... producer
Alex Vlack .... executive producer
Alex Vlack .... producer
Andrew Zuckerman .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Damani Baker 
Jon Fine 
Ed Marritz 
 
Film Editing by
Jon Fine 
Sakae Ishikawa 
 
Sound Department
Alan Barker .... sound mixer
Allison Casey .... dialogue editor
Steve Giammaria .... sound recordist
Joel Raabe .... dialogue editor
 
Editorial Department
Casey Brooks .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Robert Burger .... musician
David Hoffman .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Prudence Arndt .... archive producer
 

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USA:78 min
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Touching Documentary on Withers, 22 February 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Still Bill (2009)

*** (out of 4)

Candid documentary about soul singer Bill Weather's who is best known today for the classics "Lean on Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine" but just as his career was taking off he decided to leave the business and take care of his family. This is a pretty fascinating documentary on many levels but the biggest is probably just the fact that everyone knows a song like "Lean on Me" yet they might not realize who sings it or whatever happened to him. This documentary runs 78-minutes and it really tries to explain what Withers has been up to in the twenty-three years since his last album. Withers discusses why he walked away from the business, the issues he had being popular and we also learn some darker things including his work with stuttering children, which he was one of when he was younger. In the film's most touching moment Withers is being honored for his work with stuttering kids and he finally breakdowns, which is extremely heartfelt and especially his message for the kids. We also deal with his music as he explains what he has been up to all these years and we also hear from his daughter who herself was trying to get into music. The cameras are also there as Withers plans on getting back in the studio for a Spanish song. Fans of Withers are certainly going to enjoy seeing this look at his life because you really do get a great idea of who the man is and it's clear that he has a certain integrity that would be hard to find in the business. The way he just walked away from the money and spotlight because he didn't have anything to say can be greatly admired as is the work he does for those who suffered as he did as a child. We get clips from live performances, TV shows as well as a tribute concert. STILL BILL still leaves a few questions unanswered and at times it goes slightly off the rails but this is still an impressive film worth watching.

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