Film about Origins of AA Makes Tennessee Debut

Sep 20, 2012

MUFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new documentary about the origins of Alcoholics Anonymous will make its Middle Tennessee debut in Smyrna Friday.

The film “Bill W” recounts the life and mission of Bill Wilson, one of AA’s co-founders.

AA calls itself as a fellowship of recovering alcoholics and is estimated to have more than 2 million members in the U.S.  The organization is reportedly active in more than 100 nations and is widely seen as the first of a many 12-step recovery programs serving a wide range of addictions.

Film Co-Director Kevin Hanlon says one of the things that he found fascinating about the AA story was just how many times it nearly went off the rails.

“There were several dramatic moments in the history of AA where, had things gone a little differently, most likely it never would have come into being in the first place, or it probably wouldn’t have survived its early stages.”

The film “Bill W” will begin it’s Middle Tennessee run Friday at the Malco Cinema in Smyrna.