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
SXSW Int’l Film Festival
SXSW International Film Festival


  • 10 Covid-19 virtual and rescheduled 2020 events; 10 community screenings 2019
  • Partnerships with nonprofit cancer patient and oncology professional groups, including Cancer Support Community Annual Leadership Conference, Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation Annual Meeting, American College of Sports Medicine 2019 Annual Meeting: Oncology Workshop, International Conference on Physical Therapy in Oncology
  • Virtual Screenings for Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation Institute, Moving Through Cancer, CancerCare Point, May 2020
  • Virtual Screening for SURVIVORSHIP DAY at Penn State’s ONE (Oncology, Nutrition and Exercise) Group
  • Opening Night Feature for Legacy Film Festival on Aging, San Francisco
  • Program Development Partners: Cedars Sinai GRACE Program for Resilience in Cancer; Maple Tree Cancer Center Alliance