Phil Hessler

Phil was exposed to filmmaking early on in his teenage years through his love for skateboarding and snowboarding. When he was 19 he began producing his first feature length documentary, Far From Home, the story of Uganda’s first Olympic hopeful in snowboarding. The film found distribution through Red Bull Media House and resulted in the creation of Uganda’s first Winter Olympic Federation. Phil parlayed that success into creating WZRD with his partner Galen Knowles and has since produced and directed branded content for partners including REI, Red Bull, Bridgestone, VICE, and Ford. He has done extensive work for the Olympics – having produced and directed a series that followed six athletes from countries without snow to the Winter Olympics commissioned by The Olympic Channel, Snapchat, and Bridgestone Tires. Now 26 years old, Phil is currently working on a feature length documentary about skateboarding, surfing, and rock climbing’s induction into the Olympics.