Kite On A String is a documentary film about an extraordinary singer named Bobby Kimball. Bobby Kimball was part of an amazing iconic American band named Toto, Bobby sang on such hits as “Africa”, “Rosanna”, and “Hold The Line” Other notables include “I'll Supply The Love”, “Girl Goodbye”, “You Are The Flower” and “Waiting For Your Love”. Toto sold 10's of millions of records and won 6 Grammys in 1983.
Bobby Kimball started his musical journey at the age of 8 fronting his first band in a little town in southwest Louisiana named Vinton. Bobby worked his way through the Louisiana music scene and by 1975 with a recommendation from his friend Jon Smith, he moved to Los Angeles to join forces with the rhythm section from another iconic American band named Three Dog Night they formed the band SS Fools, SS Fools were signed to CBS records and that lasted about 16 months before disbanding. Bobby was then asked by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro to join what is known as the band Toto.
Bobby Kimball has had roughly a 62-year music career which is unheard of and unfortunately has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, sometimes referred to as frontotemporal disorder or FTD, frontotemporal dementia affects roughly 10 to 15% of all dementia cases and is rare, there is no cure, the life expectancy is usually 6 to 10 years, it creates all kinds of neurological disabilities as well as cognitive behavioral problems and social problems, it's extremely painful and taxing on the family members caregivers, you have to have a lot of patience, compassion, love, and understanding, they become basically childlike.
It’s not often in documentary films about music artists that you get the full back story, not only of fame, but the story of struggle, and in this case, dementia, hearing loss, online hatred, and bullying, please don't get me wrong Bobby Kimball has had a wildly successful career, but it's come at a cost and sometimes with a beat down. This film has everything to do with pop music culture as well as a touching human story about life and the arts as told from the filmmaker John Zaika’s perspective and his friendship with Bobby. They’ve been friends since 1989 and have written many songs together and have recorded 2 records together with plenty of laughs in between. John’s reasons for doing this film are to shine a bright light on Bobby’s career as well as to share some of the music that's never been heard before, and also to bring awareness to Frontotemporal dementia because it is rare and there is no cure.
This amazing documentary by John Zaika will be comming soon!