Bill Richardson



As a filmmaker Bill Richardson has produced feature films, documentaries, commercials and a 16 episode series for the History Channel.  


He has appeared on numerous national TV shows including CBS This Morning, CBS Sunday Morning, American Pickers, Nat Geo’s Diggers, Discovery Networks’ Blood Feuds and the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum.


His films have been used as teaching tools at such prestigious universities as UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon and Marquette, and are part of the U.S. Library of Congress holdings.  


Bill has been quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, London Times and hundreds of other newspapers.  He was a contributing author to the Random House book, The Appalachians, the West Virginia Encyclopedia and has published both fiction and non-fiction.  


Professor Richardson has been featured as a speaker both nationally and internationally and his work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Among his many other creative ventures Bill has done covers for books, magazines and graphic novels.   

A little more from Bill...

​Most people want you to be just one thing, but unfortunately I’m not.  I work in many genres, many media and many voices.  I’m an award winning filmmaker, an artist and author.  I do humor, horror, poetry, history and more.  I create work that is serious, uplifting and explores important questions and I do things that are just pure entertainment.  Some of the things I've done have been deep and thoughtful, and some just plain silly and fun.  If there is a unifying thread, it is that I am a storyteller.  And one of the main functions of stories is to aid us in making sense of the world.  Stories help us deal ​ with things we are frightened of - whether that’s a creature in the night or death.  Stories also help us deal with the cares of life by understanding them or just being distracted from them.  Our lives are varied and complex.  At times we are happy or sad, challenged or victorious, high or low.  So it is not surprising that the things we create should reflect that complexity and diversity.   That’s how it is with me.   Now if you want information on some of my specific accomplishments then just keep on a readin’.


As a filmmaker I’ve produced feature films, documentaries, commercials and a 16 episode series for the History Channel.  I’ve appeared on numerous national TV shows including CBS This Morning, CBS Sunday Morning, American Pickers, Nat Geo’s Diggers, Discovery Networks’ Blood Feuds and the Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum.  My films have been used as teaching tools at such prestigious universities as UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon and Marquette, and are part of the U.S. Library of Congress holdings.  I’ve been quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, London Times and hundreds of other newspapers.  I was a contributing author to the Random House book, The Appalachians, the West Virginia Encyclopedia and have published both fiction and non-fiction.  I’ve been a featured speaker nationally and internationally.  My work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and I’ve done covers for books, magazines and graphic novels.  I’ve even appeared onscreen in four internationally distributed feature films. ​More or less the purpose of a bio is to help you figure out if I’m someone who is worth your time and attention.  I hope I’ve been able to achieve that.  Now get out there and look around on the website and see if you can find something you want to try.  I’ve given you free samples, a money back guarantee and done everything I can to make it easy and painless to try something new.  I really hope you’ll give me a shot and I look forward to hearing what you think when you do. ​


 

The Hatfield McCoy Feud & Mine Wars



One of the things I’m known for is my expertise on certain historical events.  Two in particular are:  The Hatfield McCoy Feud and the West Virginia Mine Wars.  I’ve appeared on national TV over a dozen times doing interviews about the Hatfields and McCoys, and if you look around on the website you’ll find clips from some of those appearances.   I’ve made films on both subjects and written articles and plays about each.  At least one of these films will be available for purchase elsewhere on this site.  Both films have received awards and critical praise.  The Mine Wars isn’t as well known as the Hatfields and McCoys but it culminated in the largest battle on U.S.  soil since the Civil War – an event called the Battle of Blair Mountain.  Both are extremely fascinating parts of American history that happened near where I grew up and I’ve spent a large part of my life studying them.