The trailer for the documentary Paul Williams: Still Alive has gone online. As I mentioned in my review from SXSW, it doesn’t matter if you know of Paul Williams before you see the movie or not. For fans of the 70s celebrity who wrote “Rainbow Connection”, “We’ve Only Just Begun”, and other hit songs, it’s a wonderful way to reconnect with a beloved performer. For those who are meeting Williams for the first time, it’s great to see him through the eyes of director Stephen Kessler. The trailer does a good job of conveying how Kessler’s adoration of Williams is the heart of the movie, and how Williams is confused about being the subject of a documentary.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Paul Williams: Still Alive opens June 8th.
Click over to Apple to see the trailer in HD. We’ll update the story with an embed as soon as it’s available.
Here’s the official synopsis for Paul Williams: Still Alive:
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.