"The period re-creations are detailed and convincing"
-Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"'Bill W.' draws on a treasure trove of archival footage, audio recordings and interviews with people who knew him, and drives home his lifelong struggle with depression, as well as the sheer emotional burden of becoming a hero to millions."
-Lou Lemlick, New York Post
"'Bill W.' is a thouroughly engrossing portrait of Wilson, his times and the visionary fellowship that is his legacy."
-Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
Bill W.: The Creative Force Behind Alcoholics Anonymous was named the winner of a 2016 Golden Mike Award in the category of Best Documentary (Division B), a 2017 Bronze Telly Award in the category of TV Biography Programming, and a 2017 Los Angeles area Emmy Award in the category of Culture/History Programming.
Bill W.: The Creative Force Behind Alcoholics Anonymous tells the story of William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a man included in TIME Magazine's "Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century." Interviews, recreations, and rare archival material reveal how Bill Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death from his alcoholism, found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow.
With Bill as its driving force, A.A. grew from a handful of men to a worldwide fellowship of over 2 million men and women – a success that made him an icon within A.A., but also an alcoholic unable to be a member of the very society he had created. A reluctant hero, Bill Wilson lived a life of sacrifice and service, and left a legacy that continues every day, all around the world.
Bill W.: The Creative Force Behind Alcoholics Anonymous is co-produced by PBS SoCal and Page 124 Productions, LLC. Produced and Directed by Kevin Hanlon and Dan Carracino, Executive Producer Brenda Brkusic, Associate Producer Michelle Merker.
For PBS SoCal
- President & CEO: Andrew Russell
- Station Manager: Ed Miskevich
- Executive Producer of Program Development & National Productions: Brenda Brkusic
- Program Development Coordinator: Michelle Merker