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Best known for “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean on Me,” Bill Withers stopped performing in 1985 to help raise his family. The makers of Still Bill want to know why he walked away from fame. Combining old performances and intense interviews with Withers, the film reveals how Withers started as a musician relatively late in life: After careers in the Navy and assembling airplane toilets, he eventually won three Grammys. But facing the pressure from record execs to promote himself, he retreated into his Hollywood mansion and stopped making music. Now, with his children grown, he is ready to begin again, on his own terms. Even at 70 years old, as he sits on his porch and describes his goals, it’s evident that Bill Withers is oblivious to fame and still happy about it.
At 9 p.m. at AFI Silver; also on Sunday, June 21, at 12:15 p.m. at Round House Theatre.