Hey all you Caminoheads! Thank you once again for all your love, support, and prayers. I have much good news to share with you and yet my heart is heavy just now learning of Our Jennifer’s passing. I know that she is rejoicing in the greater-yet-to-be portion of her life, and I must turn my thoughts to what she has gained, not what we have lost, or feel like we have lost. Spirit is eternal, and she will forever be the brave and intrepid cancer commando, her smile lighting up the treatment room, her laughter echoing through the halls. And yes, she does have a lovely cameo in Phil’s Camino, and I will thin of her with that red hat, that spot of right color being carried so nobly as she walked and talked, walked and thought, walked and allowed tears to flow, walked and laughed, all the time next to Felipe, being guided, held up, jostled by, and in all manner just plain walking with him. I am blessed that our paths crossed, even so briefly.
Phil’s Camino won the Audience Favorite Award at SFDocs, and just yesterday the same (Audience Favorite) at Palm Springs ShortsFest. Wow! Phil joined me at the San Francisco festival, along with Fr. Tom, official padre of Phil’s Camino. I wanted to be in Palm Springs, but could not be there because we were also in the Nantucket Film Festival and AFI. Jessica Lewis and Todd Pinckney showed up and represented, on their way to another adventure, in these last weeks before getting married. Oh yes, did you all know that? Phil’s Camino has a love story! Jessica and Todd knew each other a little bit, but working together in Spain they fell in love and will be getting married in late July. Nice!
I am writing this from Washington, DC where I have been at the highly respected AFI Film Festival. It has been amazing, with an incredible group of films, and wonderful filmmakers to meet. The biggest treat was that I was invited to the Filmmakers Summit at the White House on Thursday. I was honored to go to the White House and talk about Phil’s Camino, our little film that could, and the man himself, Phil. Amazing.
The upcoming events for Phil’s Camino are the Rhode Island Film Festival, called Flickers, in early/mid August. I will also be in Orange County in CA at the Santiago de Compostela Church in Lake Forest, on July 9. This is a fundraiser, so please spread the word far and wide! We are putting together some very special surprises for folks who come, so please try and make it if you are anywhere in the vicinity! More details on this next week — stay tuned! There will probably be another fundraiser later in July as well. Again, stay tuned!
That is all for now, dear Caminoheads. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions either here or at firstname.lastname@example.org
I love that we are walking together.
Annie O Neil
Producer/Director: Phil’s Camino www.philscamino.com
Co-producer and Pilgrim: Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago www.caminodocumentary.org
Author: Everyday Camino with Annie www.everydaycaminowithannie.com