Hope in Crisis | Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee

Our hometown of Watseka, located in Iroquois County, IL has been devastated by five major flood events in the last ten years. Residents continue to look to the Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee to help rebuild. We created a short documentary on the flooding and how the Recovery Committee accomplishes their mission.

The Mavidea-Maxlider Story | Iroquois County IL

This is the story of two completely different businesses built on solid work ethics and small-town values. Phil Gioja first met Erik Barnlund and Jamie Warmbir at the Accelerate Business Conference in Kankakee. After hearing their dynamic business story and learning that they both grew up in Iroquois County, he knew he wanted to tell

C-U at Home | One Winter Night 2017

Almost a year ago, we were feverishly editing to complete our first feature length documentary film, The Phoenix: Hope is Rising. This film highlights a homeless outreach in Champaign IL, C-U at Home. Champaign is not a community where you’d expect homelessness to be a major issue, but awareness efforts are high and the community

Old Courthouse Museum doc earns award by Illinois State Historical Society

In early 2015, Phil Gioja worked with the Iroquois County Historical Society to create a documentary on the Old Courthouse Museum, located in Watseka IL in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the building. In the course of making and distributing the film, the Illinois State Historical Society was given a copy, and Phil was

Film Screening at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Woodworth IL

St. Paul’s Lutheran School hosted the second local screening of our documentary The Phoenix: Hope Is Rising. Melany Jackson, founder of C-U at Home, and one of the people whom the film is about, came to help present the film and answer questions afterwards. Here are some of Phil Gioja’s thoughts written after this screening:

Feature-length Documentary Premiere Screening – Champaign IL

Phil Gioja partnered with Isaac Musgrave to produce a feature length documentary titled The Phoenix: Hope is Rising, a film about a scrappy start-up ministry reaching out to the homeless in the Champaign-Urbana area. This film is about an hour and 20 minutes long, showing how the ministry was started by a woman who sold

The Old Courthouse Museum – Iroquois County Historical Society

Over the past several months we’ve been working on a nearly hour-long documentary with the Iroquois County Historical Society. When the county moved their government offices to the new courthouse in 1967, the old building was nearly destroyed. A group of people across Iroquois County came together and formed a historical society with the intent

Goodwine Grain Co-op 125th Year Anniversary – Goodwine IL

We just completed a video for Goodwine Grain Co-op’s 125th year anniversary. The Goodwine Grain Co-op has a rich history, being the oldest grain co-op in Illinois still in operation. We had a great time learning about how the elevator was started, how farming technology has changed over the years, and how the elevator operates

Volunteers push shopping carts & raise $10K – Champaign IL

Approximately 100 people came out to walk around Hessel Park during C-U at Home’s One Summer Day fundraising event, raising nearly $10,000 to help provide professional case management for homeless residents. We were there to help capture some of the stories behind C-U at Home, and encourage others to participate as well.

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