Dad reminds me to never stop learning in this sample scene from the film.

My mom dreamed her debut book would be a breakout success. Her death interrupted that dream, but my dad was determined to spread her message and set out on his own tour. With Mom's words as our guide, we confront loss, explore spirituality, and surprise ourselves with laughter, hope and love.

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The Story

In 2014, my mom's debut memoir, Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening, was published to critical acclaim.  Mom, however, was too sick to participate in promoting the book.  She was dying of cancer.  Before her death, she told me, "You take care of our book."  She died nine months after the book's publication, and one week before it was named a "Top 10 Book of the Year" by both USA Today and AARP.  After her death, my dad embarked on a quest to do everything in his power to help my mom's book reach its audience, and ensure that her words will never die.

You take care of our book.
— Carol Wall

So Many Places

Dick Wall has driven over 70,000 miles (and counting) promoting Carol's book since her death in December of 2014.  Phil, and other members of the family have joined their father along the way, and have even visited with groups on their own.  The documentary hangs on a series of road trips that Phil took with his father, including a 16-day journey that took them from Virginia to Montana and back.

 Filming locations in green.

Filming locations in green.

so many cameras

Some of the events and trips were filmed entirely by Phil utilizing a Canon C100, a Canon 7D, 2 GoPros, and even his trusty iPhone.

 GoPro shot of Phil on the 7D + rig.

GoPro shot of Phil on the 7D + rig.

 Phil's dad learns how to take a selfie!

Phil's dad learns how to take a selfie!

so many people

The film follows the pair as they visit church groups, book clubs and book stores across the country.

 Dick speaking to a church group.

Dick speaking to a church group.

 Signing a stack of books at a store in Florida.

Signing a stack of books at a store in Florida.

 On the phone with the publisher trying to get more books to an event in Texas because they had sold out!

On the phone with the publisher trying to get more books to an event in Texas because they had sold out!

 That time they drove five hours and no one came.

That time they drove five hours and no one came.

 That time Phil killed time by shopping for his nephews because no one came.

That time Phil killed time by shopping for his nephews because no one came.

The Team

  DIRECTOR  - Phil Wall (with his mother in 2012)

DIRECTOR - Phil Wall (with his mother in 2012)

Phil Wall is a native of Roanoke, VA and the son of late-author Carol Wall.  He is a 2007 graduate of Williams College, where he majored in English and embraced his love of film. He interned for Tobey Maguire, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck before graduating from college and eventually setting up his own production company, Phil Wall Productions, LLC. His debut feature Unbelievable is Believable Here, about VCU’s historic run to the 2011 NCAA Final Four, premiered at the Richmond International Film Festival in March of 2014 and is available on DVD and streaming on major platforms including iTunes, Hulu, Amazon Prime and others.  Wall’s feature documentary, The Passing Game, is also a Southern Documentary Fund selection and is currently in post-production.  He creates commercial content for clients all over the country and has filmed in 10 different countries.  His video content has been featured by The Wall Street JournalSports IllustratedKiplinger’s Personal Finance and ABC’s Nightline, among others.  His mother inspired him to pursue his creative aspirations, and hearing how her work has impacted others means everything.

  EDITOR  - Catherine Orr

EDITOR - Catherine Orr

CATHERINE ORR is the co-founder of StoryMineMedia, a documentary production studio that produces independent projects and partners with nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations to create video stories that move people to action. She is a graduate of the master’s program at the University of North Carolina School of Media and Journalism, where she was a Roy H. Park Fellow, and the editor-in-chief of “Coal: A Love Story,” an interactive documentary funded by the Carnegie and Knight News21 initiative. She was the lead producer, cinematographer, and editor on the team that produced “Born into Coal,” which was honored by Picture of the Year International and College Photographer of the Year, among others. Her individual and collaborative work has been recognized by SXSW Interactive, the Grantham Prize for Environmental Journalism, and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.  

  EDITOR  - Elena Rue 

EDITOR - Elena Rue 

ELENA RUE is the co-founder of StoryMineMedia, a visual storytelling company that specializes in documentary storytelling. She was trained in photography at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University where she also taught participatory photography and documentary video courses. She received her MA from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism where she was a Reese Felts Digital Newsroom Fellow. Her individual and collaborative work has received awards from World Press Photo, College Photographer of the Year, National Press Photographer’s Association, and Pictures of the Year International. Rue and StoryMineMedia co-founder, Catherine Orr, partnered with director Chad Stevens to edit and produce “Overburden”, which premiered at the Spring 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and has screened at over 20 film festivals at home and abroad.