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Village 8 Louisville Exclusives presents 'Bill W.' [Movies]
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Ah, the joys of the drink! There is nothing like a rich and complex Belgian ale to delight the taste buds, or the perfect wine paired with a fantastic gourmet meal. Or bourbon – Kentucky makes its living off the stuff, and what wonderful stuff it is! There is a whole science devoted to the art of the cocktail, the blending of diverse ingredients with the necessary backbone of alcoholic spirits, with results so delicious you can't stop drinking them.

Of course, there is a dark side. Abuse of these powers can lead to destruction and despair, broken homes and death. While most people are capable of moderation when it comes to imbibing, many more suffer from addiction – and what a dangerous addiction it is. Inevitably, it not only ruins the sufferer's life, but it can have serious negative impact on the person's family and friends.

Luckily, there is a great help for those who need it and wish to get better: Alcoholics Anonymous, founded by Bill Wilson in 1935. Thus is the subject of the documentary Bill W.

, playing now at Village 8 as the newest installment in the Louisville Exclusives series.

A sufferer of alcoholism himself, Wilson once met up with a former drinking buddy and found, to his surprise, that his friend had become sober with the help of an evangelical Christian group. It is with this inspiration that Wilson got himself sober and founded A.A. in order to help others. The group started small, but now boasts over two million members. Wilson himself has been listed as one of

Time Magazine

's 100 most important people of the

20

th

century.

Bill W.

is scheduled to play at Village 8 until this Thursday, September 6, but this is subject for extension. Village 8 is located at 4014 Dutchmans Lane. Further theater information and showtimes can be found at the Village 8 website.

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There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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