A documentary focusing on the life and career of late singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson will be released early next year. “Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?)” features interviews with Yoko Ono, Randy Newman and Robin Williams as well as home videos and more than 60 songs.
Set to premiere at the 2006 Santa Barbara Film Festival on Feb. 4, the film is directed by LSL Productions co-founder John Scheinfeld. The company has also been behind several other documentaries on musicians, including Brian Wilson. Details regarding distribution and a possible theatrical release for “Nilsson” have yet to be nailed down.
Interviews with Nilsson’s close friends and peers like Micky Dolenz, Eric Idle, the Smothers Brothers and Wilson will be interspersed with portions of Nilsson’s recently discovered oral autobiography.
The artist is perhaps best known for his 1969 hit “Everybody’s Talkin’,” which served as the theme song for the film “Midnight Cowboy.” He also wrote Three Dog Night’s classic “One” and scored a No. 1 pop hit in 1971 with “Without You,” penned by Badfinger’s Pete Ham and Tom Evans.
But after years of hard partying in Los Angeles (including a famous incident when he and John Lennon were ejected from a club for heckling the Smothers Brothers), Nilsson damaged his voice and was never subsequently able to match his earlier achievements. He died of a heart attack in 1994.
As previously reported, LSL is also in the midst of post-production of “U.S. vs. John Lennon,” due in 2006.