28 January 2010

Still Bill: Bill Withers = Greatest Human Being Ever

Still Bill Trailer from B-Side Entertainment on Vimeo.

I saw Still Bill last night at IFC. I was blown away by both the film and the Q&A session with Mr. Withers afterwards. He may be the most engaging combination of hilarious charm and sincere intellectual self reflexion I have ever encounters. It's pretty impossible that anyone there left without wishing that Bill Withers was their best friend.

One of the most touching parts of the film is when Withers visits the Our Time Theater Company an artistic program for kids who stutter. The film delves into the insecurities and stuttering that plagued him until his late 20s and when the children from the program introduce themselves to him with stilted speech you see tears in his eyes.

Muhammad Ali, Bill Withers, and Don King. Photo taken by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte ©, From Soul Power Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Oh and guess what else he said! He loves"No Diggity!"No Diggity by Blackstreet (with a sample from Grandma's Hands)


rem said...

I adore your blog! Our lil fam hasn't seen you in ages...

Leti said...

Aww we should get together soon. I'd love to see that lil dude.