The Phoenix: Hope is Rising

The Phoenix: Hope is Rising

Available on Prime Video
A woman sold her home, car and motorcycle, then moved into a homeless shelter. A man kicked a lifetime habit of drinking, smoking crack, and brawling in bars. Now these two unlikely heroes are helping others piece their lives back together and get off the streets in Champaign-Urbana. Facing the imminent demolition of their newly acquired facility, politicized zoning challenges, a lack of funding and volunteers, and harsh weather conditions, this scrappy ministry startup is changing the way the Champaign-Urbana community interacts with the homeless. Phil Gioja (director) and Isaac Musgrave (cinematographer) raised $3500 to produce this feature-length documentary over the period of a year, using whatever cameras and gear they had available. Their sacrifices have been rewarded in intangible ways, winning several festival awards as well as seeing a direct impact in the Central Illinois area through local screenings, igniting conversations and causing people to reconsider how they view homelessness and poverty in their own communities.
Director Phil Gioja