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Just As I Am – Bill Withers is an accurate and personal portrait of the artist with an uncompromised personal vision. Produced for Sony/BMG this film has a nostalgic tinge, as it suggests how unusual it would be today for a brilliant young singer-songwriter to emerge so purely on a major label. It avoids the clichés attached to soul music in the ‘60s, and reveals how his songs crossed over to mass appeal because of its directness and simplicity. By now, of course, we’re immune to what a great song “Ain’t No Sunshine” really is. As Mr. Withers notes in the film, it’s a rare expression of a man’s romantic disappointment.

Directed & Produced by George Nierenberg

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GEORGE T. NIERENBERG
Producer/ Director
“Nierenberg is perhaps our most accomplished and sensitive chronicler of popular performing art. If there’s any justice, he should be showered with foundation grants in order to document the work of artists who,…


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GEORGE T. NIERENBERG
Producer/ Director
“Nierenberg is perhaps our most accomplished and sensitive chronicler of popular performing art. If there’s any justice, he should be showered with foundation grants in order to document the work of artists who, very soon, will be leaving us without visual memoirs of their talents and achievements.”
–Joel E. Siegel, City Paper
“George T. Nierenberg... builds his movies around multifaceted characters who serve both to involve the audience and really ’open up’ the material.”
–Michael Sragow, Rolling Stone
“Nierenberg plunges into his projects with all the resources at his disposal, as willing to stage a scene – in a natural setting – as to catch one on the run.”
–David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
“Nierenberg’s achievement here is a masterpiece of research, diligence and direction. But his work would be meaningless if the movie didn’t convey the spirit of the people in it, and Say Amen, Somebody does that with great and mighty joy. This is a great experience.”
–Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

GEORGE NIERENBERG is an acclaimed filmmaker whose career has spanned the worlds of independent features, network, cable and international television, and corporate productions. His fascination with the roots of American music has led to a series of remarkable non-fiction films. His award winning film, Say Amen, Somebody (MGM) explores the lives and works of the pioneers of Gospel music. Before its theatrical release, Say Amen... was celebrated at major film festivals including Cannes, Telluride, New York, Toronto and London. It was named “One of the Ten Best Films Of The Year” by People Magazine, Siskel and Ebert and Rolling Stone, among others.
The accolades for Nierenberg continued with No Maps On My Taps, his Emmy winning film on jazz tap dancing which received a theatrical release, before airing on PBS, cable and international television. The production spawned a live presentation of tap dance performances, which toured to over 60 cities around the world.
He also received an Emmy nomination for directing That Rhythm...Those Blues, a film exploring the early days of Rhythm and Blues for the prestigious PBS series The American Experience.

His television experience is extensive. He has produced, directed and developed projects for MGM, PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, AMC, Bravo, Nickelodeon, Cinemax, Sony BMG and Reader’s Digest.

His music work for television include, Gotta Dance!, a two-part pilot series on ballroom dancing for American Movie Classics, Head of the Class: The Lion King, VH1’s Hard Rock Live, portraits of popular musical artists such as Chicago, Robert Palmer, Cyndi Lauper, Blues Traveler, Sinead O’Connor, and Boz Scaggs and Bill Withers’ Just As I Am and Neil Diamond’s The Jazz Singer for Sony BMG.

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