Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)? Opens Friday 9.17. @ Laemmles Sunset 5
A wildly entertaining, star-studded documentary about John Lennon’s favorite American musician, Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)? is a vibrant and definitive portrait of one of the most talented singer-songwriters in pop music history. Directed by Emmy and Grammy nominee John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon), the film combines compelling interviews with Nilsson’s family, friends and colleagues — including Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Robin Williams, Micky Dolenz and Yoko Ono — with rare and never-before seen archival footage, home movies, and excerpts from a recently discovered oral autobiography. Delving deeply into Nilsson’s artistic process (including the genesis of classic tunes like “One is the Loneliest Number”), his combative friendship with John Lennon, and the addictions that haunted him in and outside the studio, Scheinfeld also depicts a devoted husband and father who finally found a measure of peace outside the passing glare of fame.
Note * Director John Scheinfeld will participate in Q&As after the 7 p.m. screenings at the Sunset 5 on Friday and Saturday, September 17 and 18. He'll be joined by Micky Dolenz of the Monkees on Friday and producer David Leaf on Saturday.