In 2015 I was part of the New York's oldest film club, the Buffalo Movie Video Makers. We bravely entered the 48hfp and were nominated for WNY best Short Film, and came runner up. Phil Boykin was a big part of the success of that film. Leonardo Medico Jr. wrote on Facebook:
With great sadness, I relay the news of the passing of a friend. I met Phil Boykin when I was laterally transferred into a new lab down the hall from the old one. The new lab has many responsibilities, and coordinates with people who we term "consenters". Consenters are tasked with approaching patients, often when they come for their first visit, inform them of the research opportunities, and acquire an informed consent to donate to help researchers study cancer. Phil was one of these consenters. He was close to one of the workers in the lab, the two having gone through phlebotomy training together (they are authorized to draw blood) so they could work off-campus events. So the lab, once a month, would do Chinese lunch and Phil would be over for it. That was how I met Phil. And you may not realize it, but that is how you met him too. At one of these lunches, I was talking about the 48 hour contest that was coming up. The first one the club endeavored to undertake. Phil loved the idea. He wanted to perform, to act and be part of film making. So I invited him to the weekend and the club. Phil was vibrant, full of life. Always with a smile (or a complaint with a smile), and never appropriate with his jokes - but Phil was unabashedly and unashamed of being Phil. As many will attest, he was a nice, friendly guy that got along with people. Which made it so sad to see him lying in that hospital bed, silent instead of always talking, motionless instead of always on the move. He will be missed by all those his life intersected with. I will miss him. I know he had some great times at the club; he really enojoyed acting in Richard Thrift's short video. So, the next beer I'll be raising, I'll be raising in his memory.
Phil also helped act in the short film "Taken" which has plans to become a feature film. Though it won't be the same without Phil on set, the film will be created in his memory.
The last time I saw Phil Boykin was in a bar in Buffalo in 2017 with his best friend, Mike. I was there with my fiance about to get married in Palmyra WNY in the next few days.
It is my hope that the songs on this page offer some comfort to his family and loved ones.
Phil will be remembered as a good friend with an open heart, with love to share with everyone.
Rest in peace Phil.