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The Book Keepers
A documentary by Phil Wall

89 minutes, color, 2021

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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.

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"Engrossing...memorable...profound. Beautifully captures the complex nature of the way we cope with loss." - Douglas Laman, The Spool

"I cannot commend too highly this insightful documentary."- Ed McNulty, Visual Parables

"This is a different kind of portrait of grief than movies usually show us." - Scott Renshaw, Salt Lake City Weekly

"Compelling, heartbreaking, heartwarming, touching, bittersweet, inspirational." - Wendy Schadewald, Sun This Week

"A thing of beauty." - Darrel Manson, ScreenFish

"Wall has beautifully structured this tale for maximum poignance." - MaryAnn Johanson, FlickFilosopher

"A beautifully intimate portrait of loss and never-ending love." - Michael Calleri, Niagra Gazette

Jury Prize & Audience Award for Best Documentary - Austin Film Festival

Disc Features

• Film Trailer

• Book Trailer


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