2013-01-24 / Entertainment

Norwich to Screen film about Founder of AA

Norwich University will screen the new documentary film, “Bill W.,” about Norwich alum and Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. in Dole Auditorium.

“Bill W.” tells the story of native Vermonter and former Norwich University student William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous and a man included in TIME Magazine's "100 Persons of the 20th Century."

Interviews, re-creations, and rare archival material – some from Norwich University – reveal how Bill Wilson, who became a severe alcoholic during World War I, found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow.

With Wilson as its driving force, A.A. grew from a handful of men to a worldwide fellowship of over 2 million men and women. Despite the fundamental role that anonymity plays in A.A., Wilson became an icon within the fellowship, and was prevented from participating in the very society he fostered. Wilson’s life is described by sacrifice and service and a worldwide impact of his legacy.

Admission is free and open to the public. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Kevin Hanlon. For more information about the film and for home-viewing options, visit www.billw.com.

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