Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 3:30pm
Manchester Community Library
Hunter Community Room
$25 per person
Watch the acclaimed documentary “Bill W.: The Creative Force Behind Alcoholics Anonymous” chronicling the life of Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Screening followed by a Q&A with film director Kevin Hanlon.
Bill W. took eight years of full-time work to complete. The filmmakers conducted research in dozens of archives and private collections, and interviewed A.A. members and historians in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Making a film about the founder of an anonymous society, especially one who died in 1971, presented many obstacles, of course. Very few people who knew Bill W. were still alive at the time this production began. At first, it seemed as if there would be very little visual material available for use in a film. But research and a healthy dose of good fortune allowed the producers to unearth film footage and photographs – including some that had never been seen before – and some new material that had not been included in previous written biographies of Bill Wilson. As a result, Bill W. presents a new look at the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Kevin Hanlon, Director / Producer, a New York City resident, and Dan Carracino, a California resident, are first-time filmmakers and life-long friends who had talked of making a film together since their days in high school. Both have seen first-hand the devastation of alcoholism, as well as the hope offered by Alcoholics Anonymous. After learning that no feature length documentary had ever been produced about the man who co-founded A.A. and authored its Twelve Steps, they decided to make Bill W.