He won Grammys and an Academy Award; wrote many #1 songs from Barbra Streisand's "Evergreen" to the Carpenter's "We've Only Just Begun" as well as Kermit the Frog's biggest hit, "The Rainbow Connection"; starred in a Brian DePalma movie; put out his own hit records and albums; was a guest on The Tonight Show fifty times; and is the president of ASCAP... and you might not have heard of him. In the 1970's, Paul Williams was the singer / actor / songwriter that emotional, alienated teenage boys all over the world wanted to be, a sex symbol before MTV, when sex symbols could be 5"2 and sing songs about loneliness with the Muppets. One of those boys was Steve Kessler, a chubby kid from Queens. Thirty years later, Kessler discovered something amazing: Paul Williams didn't die. And no one had ever tried to make a documentary about him. A wistful musical journey that will re-introduce a new generation to Williams' soulful classics, "Paul Williams: Still Alive" is the charmingly self-narrated story of Stephen Kessler's lifelong obsession with the former superstar-and what happens when the nostalgic filmmaker finally catches up with him.
- Stephen Kessler
- Stephen Kessler
Mr. Williams's quiet integrity trumps Mr. Kessler at every turn.Andy Webster, New York Times, 06.07.2012
The movie is fascinating, though it smacks its own lips a bit too much at the tackiness of freak '70s stardom.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 06.20.2012
An engrossing and satisfying pic, one that can be enjoyed even by people who have never before heard of its subject.Joe Leydon, Variety, 05.23.2012
An entertaining, emotionally inspired stroll down memory lane -- that is, for Kessler.Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 06.29.2012