Private Project

The Phoenix: Hope is Rising

Facing demolition of their facility, zoning challenges, and a lack of volunteers, a scrappy ministry startup is changing how the community interacts with the homeless.

  • Phil Gioja
    Director
    The Old Watseka Courthouse, From Chains to Freedom
  • Isaac Musgrave
    Cinematography
    PBS, ESPN, CBS
  • Melany Jackson
    Key Cast
  • Tony Comtois
    Key Cast
  • Stephanie Lee
    Key Cast
  • Dan Denton
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 5, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon 60D, XF300, C100, 5DMKIII
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Premiere Showing at One Winter Night, Champaign IL
    Christ Community C-U, Champaign IL
    February 5, 2016
    North American Premiere
    Screening held for organization fundraiser
  • Christian Film Festival, Newport News VA
    Newport News, VA
    United States
    March 26, 2016
    Best Documentary
  • Screening at St. Paul's Lutheran School, Woodworth IL
    Woodworth, IL
    United States
    April 3, 2016
  • International Christian Film Festival, Orlando FL
    Orlando, FL
    United States
    April 29, 2016
    3rd place, Best Documentary
  • Screening at Amazing Grace Church, Watseka IL
    Watseka, IL
    United States
    April 29, 2016
  • Screening at First Mennonite, Urbana IL
    Urbana, IL
    United States
    May 5, 2016
  • Screening at Trinity Church Watseka Campus, Watseka IL
    Watseka, IL
    United States
    May 20, 2016
Director Biography - Phil Gioja

Phil is a freelance video producer and documentary filmmaker. He recently produced a historical documentary on the Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka IL, and a documentary called From Chains to Freedom about ex-convicts in Washington State who came to Christ in prison.

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Director Statement

The purpose for making The Phoenix: Hope is Rising was to inspire people to love and serve others, no matter where the needs exist. The film features homelessness, but it could have just as easily been about foster care, orphans, veterans, etc. There's beauty in a life lived in the service and care of others, and I believe we captured that.