The Phoenix: Hope is Rising

Documentary | Feature | 1 hour 20 min

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.

About the Artist

Phil Gioja

Phil Gioja 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.



Phil Gioja


Isaac Musgrave

Principal Cast

Melany Jackson | Tony Comtois | Stephanie Lee | Dan Denton

Friday, February 24, 2017

University Museum


(Following Renewed & Over the Bridge)

Project Page


The Phoenix: Hope is Rising - Trailer

Premiere Showing at One Winter Night | Christ Community C-U, Champaign IL | February 5, 2016 | North American Premiere | Screening held for organization fundraiser
Christian Film Festival |  Newport News, VA, United States | March 26, 2016 | Best Documentary
Screening at St. Paul's Lutheran School  |  Woodworth, IL, United States | April 3, 2016

International Christian Film Festival | Orlando, FL, United States | April 29, 2016 | 3rd place, Best Documentary
Screening at Amazing Grace Church | Watseka, IL, United States | April 29, 2016
Screening at First Mennonite | Urbana, IL, United States | May 5, 2016 | 
Screening at Trinity Church Watseka Campus| Watseka, IL, United States | May 20, 2016