Filmmaker Uses Skills to Change Children's Lives in the Dominican Republic

    SILVERDALE, WA – January 6, 2016 – In the latest podcast episode of Beyond the Village, Phil Wilson, professor of Digital Filmmaking at Olympic College and owner of Cream Soda Films, travels to the Dominican Republic for the first time. During his trip he visits the impoverished communities Children of the Nations (COTN) serves. Phil describes his experiences from his perspective as a tourist, filmmaker, father, and artist.

    "I feel like I saw stuff everyone is supposed to see,” Phil says. His experience impacted him deeply, and he believes it’s some of the most meaningful work he’s ever done.

    "You can totally hide behind a camera and just think of people as objects,” says Phil. “Uncovering the humanity, you can't not be impacted by that.”

    "This is bigger than me and it's bigger than the budget, and even bigger than COTN’” he says.

    To hear more of Phil’s experience and how it changed him, listen to this episode of Beyond the Village at You can also find the podcast through SoundCloud at and iTunes at


    About Children of the Nations

    Children of the Nations® (COTN®) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children out of poverty and hopelessness so they can become leaders who transform their nations. The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, providing care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit


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