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NEW YORK, NY, December 20, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- BILL W. was released on December 11, 2012 and immediately jumped into the iTunes' Top 10 Documentaries and Top 20 Independent charts. The VOD release follows a very successful seven-month run in theaters. The film, produced by Page 124 Productions and distributed by digital entertainment curator, FilmBuff, tells the story of Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
"Page 124 Productions has made such an important film," says FilmBuff's Head of Distribution, Julie La'Bassiere. "Its success on iTunes within its first week has proven that audiences are hungry for such socially relevant subject matter, and we are thrilled to be able to share it with them."
TIME Magazine named Bill Wilson one of its 100 Heroes and Icons of the 20th Century for the legacy he left behind in helping millions find an answer not only to alcoholism but to many other forms of addiction that destroy lives all around the world. Certainly Wilson, who strove to maintain his anonymity, was one of the least-known people on that list. "Bill Wilson was a truly remarkable individual," director Kevin Hanlon said, "who gets far too little credit for the amazing good he brought into the world. Our hope is that the film will play a small part in rectifying that situation."
"Part of the attraction to this story is BILL W.'s humanity and the sacrifice that he so willingly made to help others," said producer Dan Carracino. "He was a deeply flawed individual - an alcoholic whose drinking cost him jobs, his home, and even the possibility of a family. He threw away one opportunity after another, always picking up a drink at the most inopportune moment. Watching his life story, there are times you want to scream, 'No! Don't do that - not again!' But then he has a sudden conversion experience - a real white light experience - and, instantly, he's a changed man. And he dedicates the rest of his life to creating and sustaining Alcoholics Anonymous, which, of course, led to the entire 12-Step movement with its legion of similar mutual-aid groups."
Since its initial film release in May, BILL W. has filled theaters in the U.S. and Canada. It is now available on DVD from Page 124 Productions at billw.com/shop, and through FilmBuff on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Movies On Demand (complete list of distributors below).* For more information, visit billw.com, "Like" us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and view the trailer on YouTube.
*Broadband VOD platforms: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube Rentals and Vudu. Cable VOD channels: Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox, Charter, Verizon, Suddenlink, Frontier, and Mediacom.
Founded in 2007, New York-based FilmBuff is the leading distributor of incomparable digital entertainment. The Company draws upon its deep relationships within the film industry to curate content that consistently informs, entertains and inspires. FilmBuff designs innovative digital strategies to supply content to all on-demand outlets. Serving as a bridge between filmmakers and audiences, FilmBuff actively engages in conversations with fellow entertainment lovers through its exclusive access, original content and unique voice. Find FilmBuff content on all cable, satellite and telco services, game consoles, online retailers, wireless platforms and hardware manufacturers worldwide. Connect with FilmBuff at www.FilmBuff.com and @filmbuff.
Page 124 Productions is a documentary production company based in New York. The filmmakers are not affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous.
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