As part of STILL BILL’s IFC Center Opening, the soul legend himself appeared on WNYC’s SoundCheck to discuss his life and the new film. You can listen to the full interview above.
STILL BILL Opens at the IFC Center in New York January 22, 2010
B-Side is delighted to announce that STILL BILL is coming to New York’s IFC Center January 27th- February 4th, with special guest Bill Withers. Withers will be in attendance for a special Q&A with the filmmakers Alex Vlack and Damani Baker for the film’s opening two nights.
STILL BILL swept the festival circuit last year, premiering at SXSW and garnering top honors at the UrbanWorld Film Festival, including Best Documentary Feature Film and the Audience Award Winner. STILL BILL is an intimate portrait of soul legend Bill Withers, best known for his classics “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day,” “Grandma’s Hands,” and “Just the Two of Us.” With his soulful delivery and warm, heartfelt sincerity, Withers has written the songs that have – and always will – resonate deeply within the fabric of our times.
Press Release December 15, 2009
B-SIDE ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES ALEX VLACK AND DAMANI BAKER’S STILL BILL, AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF MUSIC LEGEND BILL WITHERS
Film Premieres in New York Tonight as Part of “Stranger than Fiction” Series at IFC Center
StillBillTheMovie.com Launches Today
Sign-ups Begin for B-Side’s “Theatrical On Demand™” Program
New York, NY (OCT. 20, 2009) – Today, B-Side Entertainment announced that it has acquired Alex Vlack and Damani Baker’s Still Bill, to be released via the distributor’s signature Theatrical-on-Demand™ program where individuals and organizations can host a screening of any size, in any location, at any time. Beginning today, Still Bill’s website www.stillbillthemovie.com will allow audiences to sign up to host their own screening of the film.
“Still Bill is one of those rare documentaries that delivers what it promises: an incredible journey into the life of a legendary artist. Bill Withers is as cool as his music, and a guy whose humility is completely incongruous with the enormous impact his songs have had on the music business and pop culture,” said Chris Hyams, B-Side’s Founder and CEO, “Alex and Damani have done a brilliant job of crafting a beautiful portrait of this amazing man.”
Still Bill is an intimate portrait of soul legend Bill Withers, best known for his classics “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day,” “Grandma’s Hands,” and “Just the Two of Us.” With his soulful delivery and warm, heartfelt sincerity, Withers has written the songs that have – and always will – resonate deeply within the fabric of our times.
Filmmakers Damani Baker and Alex Vlack follow Withers and offer a unique and rare look inside the world of this fascinating man. Through concert footage, journeys to his birthplace, interviews with music legends, his family and closest friends, Still Bill presents the story of an artist who has written some of the most beloved songs in our time and who truly understands the heart and soul of a man.
“As long-time Bill Withers fans, we were honored that he let us into his life and shared the story of his ascent to Grammy-winning artist with us,” said filmmakers Damani Baker and Alex Vlack. “Now, seven years later, we look forward to working with B-Side to impart that story to other fans who, like us, wondered what became of the talented man behind so many classic American songs.
STILL BILL WINS BIG AT URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2009 September 23, 2009
The 13th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, announced the winners for feature, documentary, short film, screenplay and audience award categories. The five-day festival was held September 23-27, 2009 in New York City; wrapping up on September 27 with a closing awards brunch to congratulate the competition’s winners. Filmmakers Damani Baker and Alex Vlack’s received top honors for their film STILL BILL including Best Documentary Feature Film and the Audience Award Winner.