Bill Haney has written, produced and directed award winning documentary and narrative features for ten years. His most recent feature documentary, The Price of Sugar, which he wrote, produced and directed, was short-listed for the Academy Award®, nominated for the NAACP’s Image Award and was the recipient of numerous other honors, including the Gabriel Award and the Audience Award at South by Southwest.
For PBS, he produced The Road to Reconciliation covering Northern Ireland’s Troubles and highlighting the contributions of victims towards peace. Also for PBS he wrote, produced and directed Gift of the Game in which US baseball players retrace a league founded by Ernest Hemingway in 1940’s Havana while exploring US/Cuban relations.
The documentary, A Life Among Whales, which he directed and produced, takes a look at one man’s lifelong passion for the wild, and won numerous awards including a Silver Hugo and the Earth Watch Film Award. His feature documentary Racing Against the Clock won the Mass General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Humanitarian Award and the Humanitarian Prize from the Senior Olympics.
Dramatic feature films written and produced by Bill include Tempesta, starring Malcolm McDowell, Crusade: A March Through Time, starring Emily Watson and winner of major prizes for best children’s film of the year in Toronto, Chicago and Dublin, and American Violet. The latter premiered at the 2008 Telluride Film Festival, won the audience prize for best feature at The Mill Valley Film Festival, the national Excellence Award from the ACLU and was released in 2009 by The Samuel Goldwyn Company.
In addition to filmmaking, Bill is founder of the eco-housing startup Blu Homes, using advanced technology to make housing greener, healthier and more affordable. He is also chairman of World Connect, a non-profit supporting programs to help women and children in 400 developing world villages.