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

A gifted writer’s death a week before becoming a critically acclaimed author sends her husband and son on an unexpected book tour to ensure her dream lives on. Motivated and devastated all at once, Dick Wall embarks on a crusade across America to promote his late wife’s work. His journey, which is captured by his son, is filled with highs and lows as he gets up close and personal with book lovers across the country talking about his wife—and delivers a shocking conclusion.

The Book Keepers is a remarkable and fortuitous first-hand account of one man’s journey through dedication, bereavement, conflict, and love.

PROJECT STATUS: The film is currently in post-production. Join the email list for details on the release.

Make a 100% tax-deductible donation towards completion of this film by donating to The Southern Documentary Fund (SDF).  The SDF is a nonprofit arts organization that cultivates documentary projects made in or about the American South. They have selected this film as a fiscally sponsored project, and will disburse funds at the request of the filmmaker to cover costs of completion.


You can mail a check with "The Book Keepers" in the memo line to:

Southern Documentary Fund

P.O. Box 3622

Durham, NC 27702

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.


Southern Documentary Fund - Fiscal Sponsorship

Seed & Spark - 100 Days of Optimism Rally, Grand Prize Selection (2018)

WeTransfer - Marketing Partner

Virginia Film Office - Sponsorship