First Run Features presents
Phil Wall's New Documentary
Opening in Live & Virtual Cinemas June 17, 2022

Interviews Available with Filmmakers & Participants
{ Winner! Audience Award & Jury Award }
Austin Film Festival
The Book Keepers follows the uplifting journey of a husband who keeps his wife's dream alive by becoming the spokesperson for her book after her death.

Carol Wall's debut memoir – about cancer, friendship, and cultivating an open heart – was a breakout success. But joy turned to tragedy when the breast cancer she wrote about returned, and she died months after its publication.
Carol’s husband, Dick, determined to help her life-affirming message find its audience, becomes the book’s unlikely spokesperson and embarks on a nationwide book tour. He’s joined by the couple’s filmmaker son, Phil, who captures his dad’s efforts to ensure her dream lives on. The result is an intimate portrait of love and loss – an ode to the healing power of storytelling.
Penguin/Random House published Carol Wall’s book Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart, about her friendship with a gardener from Kenya, and lessons learned about finding grace in the face of heartbreak and uncertainty. The memoir was named a Top 10 of the Year by AARP and USA Today. Dick Wall's book tour has so far tallied more than 225 events in 30 states.
"Engrossing...memorable...profound. Beautifully captures the complex nature of the way we cope with loss."
-Douglas Laman, The Spool

A film by Phil Wall
Opens June 17, 2022 in Live & Virtual Cinemas
89 minutes | color | In English
Short Bio: Director Phil Wall

Phil Wall is an award-winning filmmaker. He wrote, produced, filmed, directed and edited The Book Keepers, which is his third feature documentary. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he works on independent and commercial narrative content. Visit for more info.
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