Stone Phillips’ Documentary “Moving With Grace” Makes National Debut on Nine PBS
Film by Former St. Louisan and NBC Anchor Explores His Family’s Struggles With Elder Care
St. Louis — April 26, 2013 — Like many baby boomers, former NBC anchor Stone Phillips and his siblings are struggling with how best to care for their aging parents. He tells his family’s personal story in an intimate documentary he produced and shot himself called Moving With Grace. The Nine Network presents the broadcast premiere of the film on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. (repeated Sunday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m.)
Phillips, his brother and his sister were raised in Ballwin, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, but moved away many years ago to establish their own lives. Their parents, Vic and Grace Phillips, remained in the home they built in 1965. In 2007, they moved to a nearby retirement community. Although generally healthy, both parents suffer age-related problems that worry their children.
For over a year, Phillips and his siblings discussed how to help their parents from afar. They recently decided to uproot Vic and Grace one more time and move them to a retirement community near their sister, who is a physician in North Carolina. Vic is now 94 and Grace is 90.
Said Phillips, “I decided that, as personal as the story was, there was enough universality to what our family was going through that a documentary might serve some purpose for others.” He continued, “In part, it’s a labor of love for my parents. In part, it’s an effort to share our personal story with other families who are going through this and let them know they are not alone.”
Phillips, a national Emmy Award winner, spent 15 years at NBC News, where he co-anchored Dateline NBC, and served as a substitute anchor on NBC Nightly News, Today and Meet the Press.
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