Ronnie Hawkins: Still Alive and Kickin'
Canada 2005: Run Time: 66 minutes and 90 minutes
To his friends, he’s Mr. Dynamo. To his doctors, he’s a miracle. To the rest of the world, he’s The Hawk, the Arkansas-born King of Rockabilly who made Canada his home and his stage for more than four decades. He’s still rocking the house today – against all odds. In this feature length documentary, director Anne Pick spends a rollercoaster year and a half with The Hawk, from his diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer in 2002 through to his mysterious recovery. He was told he was a dead man. From Wanda, his wife of 42 years, and his kids, to friends like Bill Clinton, David Foster, Robbie Robertson and Kris Kristofferson, to strangers on the street, everybody is pulled into this truly unbelievable time in the life of this living legend. The cameras capture the highs and the lows. The Hawk struggling with old age and his own mortality, and facing the prospect of meeting “the Big Rocker in the sky.” All of Ronnie Hawkins for all to see: the Idol, the Entertainer, the Family Man and the Patient. It’s Ronnie Hawkins, warts and all, like he’s never been seen before.
REAL TO REEL PRODUCTIONS, Canada
Camera / DOP
Greg West, Greg Hopen, John Roy