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Still Bill

In 1985, Bill Withers, songwriter of 'Ain't No Sunshine' and 'Lean on Me,’ released his last record, shifting focus from fame to family. Now, he explains why he chose to leave it all.
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Overview

In 1985 R&B singer/songwriter, Bill Withers made his last record, deciding it was more important to be a husband and father than a hit maker. 'Ain't No Sunshine,' 'Lean on Me,’ 'Lovely Day,' and 'Just the Two of Us' are only part of his legendary music repertoire. Now years later, he emerges to share the experiences that come with living an extraordinary and contemplative life. Featuring interviews with friends, family, fellow musicians, and Bill himself, as well as a tribute concert, previously unreleased tracks, and rare live performances, "Still Billl" paints a portrait of a man who chose to leave fame and fortune behind to remain true to himself. You know his songs. Now meet the man.

About

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Damani Baker was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of “25 new faces in independent film”. His career spans multiple documentaries, music videos, and advertisements. Damani has directed over 20 films for museums around the world featuring such notables as President Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan, telling stories rooted in understanding the human story and its connection to place. Baker is also a tenured professor at Sarah Lawrence College where he teaches filmmaking.

By This Director

Co-Founder of Late Night and Weekends, Alex Vlack has created documentaries, commercials, branded content, books, media installations, and narrative films. He has directed “Raising the Flag” for the New York Times and “Battle Plan Under Fire” for NOVA and created media installations for the Center for Disease Control. He has also worked with Puma, BMW, and Wired, creating content and advertising campaigns. His short film “High Falls” premiered at the Sundance FIlm Festival and won the Best Narrative Short at the Woodstock Film Festival.

By This Director

Still Bill

01: Still Bill

In 1985, Bill Withers, songwriter of 'Ain't No Sunshine' and 'Lean on Me,’ released his last record, shying from the limelight and shifting focus from fame to family. Now, years later, he shares his experiences and explains why he chose to leave his legacy not in his music but in his family.

76 min