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Documentary Series // “The Book Keepers”

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A gifted writer’s death a week before becoming a critically acclaimed author sends her husband and son on an inspirational book tour to ensure her dream lives on.

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.

Determined to keep his late-wife’s dream alive, Dick Wall becomes the unlikely spokesperson for her debut memoir and embarks on an unexpected cross-country promotional tour. He’s joined by his filmmaker son, Phil, who is torn between saving his mom’s first book and his concern for how his dad is coping with their new reality.

Their inspirational journey, captured on film in The Book Keepers, sparks reflections on loss, relationships, and the healing power of sharing stories.

Join us on Wednesday, March 27, from 6:00pm–8:00pm for a special screening of this gripping documentary, as well as a discussion with the tenacious father-son team whose commitment to their cause adds poignancy and power to every scene.

Tickets: Members $10, General Admission $15

Click here or call 843.723.9912 during office hours (Monday–Thursday, 11:00am to 4:00pm) to purchase tickets.

About the Director

Phil Wall is an award-winning filmmaker. He has written, produced, directed, filmed and edited three feature documentaries, and is currently in post-production on his fourth. His documentary feature, The Standard, debuted at #4 on the iTunes documentary chart in September of 2020. It’s currently available on Hulu in the US, and internationally–most notably on Discovery+ in Latin America and Brazil. The Book Keepers is his third documentary. It won both the Jury Prize and the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at its premiere with the Austin Film Festival. It’s an official selection for 13 other US film festivals, including SCAD Savannah, Napa Valley, and Twin Cities. The film was acquired for distribution by First Run Features and its limited nationwide theatrical release launched June 17, 2022. Wall’s professional career began in 2008, when he began work on The Passing Game, a documentary feature currently in post-production about the career and philosophies of legendary prep-school basketball coach, Fletcher Arritt. Wall lives in Brooklyn, where he works on independent and commercial narrative content.

Praise for The Book Keepers


Jury Prize for Best Documentary – Austin Film Festival

Audience Award for Best Documentary – Austin Film Festival

Festival Selections

Austin Film Festival (Premiere)

Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival

Catalina Film Festival

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Twin Cities Film Festival

Mystic Film Festival

SCAD Savannah Film Festival

Beaufort Film Festival (NC)

DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival

Napa Valley Film Festival

FIDBA (International Documentary Film Festival, Buenos Aires)

Ojai Film Festival

Beaufort International Film Festival (SC)

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival


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Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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