Bill W.

 

Year: 2011
Country: USA
Run Time: 103 minutes

BILL W. is the inspirational story of Bill W, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Young Bill was a hard worker and a quick learner. But there were always reasons to drink, and Bill became an alcoholic at a time when there was no support. Drinking impeded his career as a Wall Street securities analyst to such an extent that he and his loyal wife Lois found themselves destitute. During a hospitalization, Bill was struck with an idea for a method of saving himself. Working with Dr. Bob Smith to organize an alcoholics' support group in Akron, Ohio in 1935, Bill then expanded his ideas into the first 12-step recovery program. An engaging public speaker, his idea was to turn alcoholics' interests toward others, so they wouldn't be overwhelmed by their own difficulties. Enhanced by wonderful period footage and convincing reenactments, BILL W. provides insight into the life of the charming man who saved countless lives, yet called himself the "floundering father of AA." –B.B.

Director
Kevin Hanlon

Producer
Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Screenplay
Olivier Nakache, ╔ric Toledano

Cinematography
Mathieu Vadepied

Editing
Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
Franšois Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Kevin Hanlon is a New York City resident who has worked as a project manager and consultant. He and producer Dan Carracino have known each other since they were classmates at LaSalle Military Academy in New York, where they vowed that someday they would make a movie together. This is their first foray into filmmaking.

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BILL W. (2011)

Print Source

Page 124 Productions
80 Fifth Ave. Suite 1406
New York, NY 10011
USA

Phone: (212) 229-13
Email: info@page124.com
http://www.page124.com

Film Sponsor

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Community Partner

Recovery Resources

Media Partner

Akron Life Magazine

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