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

The Director

Phil Wall is a filmmaker who began his professional career in 2007 by launching work on The Passing Game—a story he tracked for over a decade before wrapping production in 2018. He independently produced, directed, edited and licensed his first documentary feature release, Unbelievable is Believable, Here, in 2014. His work has been recognized by organizations like The Southern Documentary Fund, The Virginia Film Office, Seed&Spark, and WeTransfer, and his short documentaries have been published by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, The Roanoke Times and Sports Illustrated.

He is native of Roanoke, VA, a 2007 graduate of Williams College (MA) and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Visit for more info.