Phil's Camino

Phil's Camino Film

The inspiring true story of free spirit Phil, a man living with Stage 4 cancer and dreaming of walking the 500-mile spiritual pilgrimage Camino de Santiago across Spain. Unable to make the trip, he does the next best thing: he builds a camino in the forest behind his house, starts to walk, and traces his progress on a map. Phil’s journey is one of hope, acceptance, and freedom, and is sure to inspire anyone who has ever dreamed of doing something that sounded impossible. Upon reaching ‘Santiago de Compostela’ — without ever leaving his backyard — Phil gets a clean scan and his doctors grant him a ‘chemo holiday’, with permission to miss one chemo cycle and 28 days to go walk the ancient route in Spain. The result is magical.

  • Audience Favorite: Palm Springs Int’l ShortFest
  • First Prize Humanitarian Award:Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival
  • Audience Choice Short: Tacoma Film Festival
  • Best Short Documentary: La Costa Film Festival
  • Jury Award Best Short: YES FilmFestival
  • Best Short Documentary: Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
  • Audience Award: SFDocs Film Festival
  • Special Jury Short Film: deadCenter Film Festival
  • Best Short Documentary: Black Hills Film Festival
  • Special Jury Award: WorldFest Houston Film Festival
  • People’s Choice Award: Julien Dubuque Film Festival
  • Honorable Mention: Myrtle Beach Film Festival
  • Nominated Best Doc: Heart of Gold Int’l Film Festival
  • NOMINATED FINALISTBest Doc: SXSW Int’l Film Festival
  • WORLD PREMIERE:SXSW International Film Festival

Campaign Highlights

  • 20 community screenings October 2019 – March 2020, co-sponsored with Lightyear Entertainment; partnerships with over 20 nonprofit “recovery” and “prison reform” groups
  • Over 50 conversations ongoing including NACDL Annual Conference, Radcliffe Institute, Boston Fine Arts Museum, Annenberg Foundation, United Nations Association Film Festival, Morehouse College Institute for Leadership
  • First-ever National Virtual Screening, Q&A and Community Engagement Screening, Co-sponsor with California Film Institute, scheduled for late May 2020
  • 15 theatrical screenings in NYC, LA, Washington DC, San Francisco, Baltimore, Richmond, VA, Atlanta, Boston, San Diego, Houston, Co-sponsor with Lightyear Entertainment

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