STILWELL, Okla. – Faith Phillips has been teaching creative writing at a northeast Oklahoma high school for the past two years, and now the attorney and author is a filmmaker, executive producer and editor.
Phillips was on hand last week at Stilwell Public Library to chat and sign copies of his three books: ‘Ezekiel’s Wheels’, ‘It’s Not That Hard To’ and ‘Now I Lay Me Down’ – the true story of the lives of three murdered people. girls and the woman from Oklahoma who was chasing them. This book has gained wide recognition and Oxygen Network will air a true crime episode based on it.
Last March, Upper West Side Productions approached Phillips to direct an episode for Oxygen Network based on his true crime novel, “Now I Lay Me Down.” Now, she’s the executive producer of an upcoming true-crime documentary with Texas Crew Productions.
“When they contacted me, I was working on a screenplay based on research [Stilwell High School] students did on a notorious Oklahoma true crime. I signed a film production contract with them in June and we are currently in production on the project. We filmed the SHS students in December,” Phillips said.
She expects the film to debut in late 2022.
“My deepest desire is to screen the film in Stilwell first, before it is seen elsewhere in the country. I want this to coincide with the opening of our Adair County Arts District and host an event on the red carpet for our students,” she said.
Phillips started his own publishing house called “Okie Noir Press”.
“I want to publish books about our people and our culture because I feel like we were born with storytelling in our genes. I plan to start a production company in the future. We should tell our own stories,” Phillips said.
Even with a busy schedule, she writes every day, but has put her own books on the back burner for now while filming the documentary series and publishes a book called “Rise Up.” This is the story of a woman whose 2-year-old grandsons drowned in a tragic accident. She writes with raw honesty about her grief and how her faith was the only thing that helped her through it.
“It’s a very moving and powerful story that I think deserves to be told now. The world needs to hear stories of faith and hope right now. We face so much conflict and conflicts. I want to tell the stories of survivors to give people hope. I am called to be a peacemaker,” Phillips said.