PROJECTS IN PRODUCTION
Born to Serve – A character-driven feature documentary about the life of tennis Grand-Slam Doubles Champion, Murphy Jensen. Featuring appearances from many of Tennis’ royalty including, Billie Jean King, Chris Everett, Luke Jensen, and many others, this film explores the cultural impact to the world of tennis of the Jensen brothers during the 1990’s, and how addiction recovery took Murphy in a direction beyond his wildest dreams.
Meccas of Recovery – A 4-part docuseries weaving the history of the 12-step movement between its’ key meccas, founders, and the dramatic current pilgrimages still taking place 80+ years later. With tens of millions touched, and more than 250 12-step style groups operating today, the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is arguably one of the most culturally transformative moments of the 20th century. Meccas of Recovery will dig deep unraveling the stories of the people who came together to create AA, as well as the places the founders came from and how historically and spiritually those places contributed to AA’s foundation and the overall 12-step movement.
Tipping The Pain Scale – A new award-winning feature documentary film directed by Jeff Reilly and produced by Greg Williams of High Watch Media that follows six individuals grappling with the current systemic failures of how we have dealt with addiction in communities and their journey to develop and employ new, innovative, and often controversial solutions to the problem. The film is now available through High Watch Media for all non-theatrical public performance licensing and educational license.
Founded by Bill Wilson and Marty Mann in 1939, High Watch Recovery Center is the world’s first recovery center founded on the 12 steps. More than one thousand individuals in need of help pass through its doors each year. Many within the recovery community cherish and revere High Watch as a "mecca of recovery."
High Watch formed High Watch Media in 2021 to shift the cultural focus from the problem-centered addiction story to the power and importance of recovery stories. High Watch is committed to showing the world that the recovery story is epic, dramatic, and life-changing.
High Watch Media is an independent production company organized to develop and produce feature-length stories with depth and weight. Addiction and mental health are the most pressing challenge of our time, and High Watch Media will be a first-of-its kind production company dedicated to the power of human stories of resilience and recovery without a profit motive. Led by two-time EMMY winning Director, Producer, and Editor, Jeff Reilly, and the widely accomplished addiction recovery storyteller and producer, Greg Williams. Together, they have partnered to create The Anonymous People, Generation Found, The Concert to Face Addiction, and Tipping The Pain Scale. High Watch Media’s first projects are slated to be completed in 2022 and will explore the power and intersection of recovery with sports, comedy, and history.
Director / Producer
Jeff Reilly is an editor, producer and director with 20 years of professional experience. He has won two Emmy’s and been nominated four times. Jeff began his career at a post-production facility where he edited one hour shows for CBS, hundreds of promos for A&E and short films for various non-profits, including The Hole in the Wall Gang. He edited two films about Muhammad Ali for ESPN, ALI RAP and ALI’S 65, which garnered him his first Emmy Award for Outstanding Editing. Jeff was part of the team which morphed the company into a production house, writing, directing and editing, commercials, shorts films, a one-hour pilot for Discovery Channel, and a half hour pilot for History Channel. He continued editing and developing projects until he left to venture out on his own.
His first solo job was cutting THE OFFICIAL WORLD CUP DOCUMENTARY in 3D for Sony Pictures, followed by MCENROE/BORG: FIRE & ICE for HBO and an independent documentary which screened theatrically, TRIAL BY FIRE: LIVES RE-FORGED. Next he edited, co-produced, and co-wrote THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE for director Greg Williams. He won his second Emmy Award, Outstanding Documentary Series for RAND UNIVERSITY, a top-rated entry for ESPN Films 30 for 30. After editing and producing 30 for 30’s BELIEVELAND, ESPN Films BALTIMORE BOYS and BLACK HOOSIERS for Spike Lee, as well as several documentaries for Big Ten Network , Jeff continued his collaboration with Greg when they co-directed GENERATION FOUND a feature length documentary about recovery high schools in Houston, followed by THE CONCERT TO FACE ADDICTION for PBS. Currently they are in post-production on their third documentary film, TIPPING THE PAIN SCALE.
Greg Williams is the award-winning filmmaker of feature length documentaries, THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE (2014 PRISM Award for Outstanding Documentary) and GENERATION FOUND. In 2015, he produced the historic UNITE TO FACE ADDICTION RALLY on the National Mall when tens of thousands of people from around the world gathered to end the silence surrounding addiction. This was the first-time major musicians, politicians, actors, athletes, models, journalists, authors, and advocates joined together in unison, to solve the most urgent health crisis of our time. The event was memorialized in a PBS special, THE CONCERT TO FACE ADDICTION, that Greg produced. He also produced the launch event and companion TV special for the release of the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, LISTEN: FACING ADDICTION IN AMERICA when Viacom aired the special simultaneously on 11 of its cable networks, which was seen by millions. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Hollywood Reporter, ABC World News, LA Times, and several other major media outlets. For all of these projects, including a third independent feature film project set to release in 2021, TIPPING THE PAIN SCALE, Greg has collaborated with the immensely talented Jeff Reilly.