Although the last few months have been truly difficult, Rory Feek isn’t giving up on his dream.
He started writing a screenplay with his best friend years ago and they recently submitted the film to Sundance Film Festival, along with Nashville Film Festival and a few others.
The film, entitled Josephine, is based on real events during the civil war and follows a woman who fights for the Confederacy during the Civil War. She poses as a man, Joseph, after she hasn’t heard from her husband in over a year to try and find him.
Fifteen years ago, Rory came across letters that a Civil War soldier named John Robison wrote to his wife, Josephine. He was moved by how poetic and beautiful they were and wrote a song about them. Joey + Rory recorded “Josephine“, and made a music video.
After the video debuted, a man in West Virginia e-mailed Rory saying he had letters from Josephine to John. This moved him even more and he started writing a screenplay with his friend Aaron.
Fast forward two years, and the film Josephine is ready for it’s debut. Last week, Rory debuted the trailer and expressed his thanks on his blog.
“To say that I, and all of us who worked on this film are proud of it, is an understatement.” Feek wrote. “Aaron and I had never written a film before … I’d never directed a film before … and most of us from Nashville that went to Virginia had never even been on a movie set before … let alone made a movie. Sometimes, not knowing what you don’t know is a blessing.”
Feek used a Kickstarter campaign to fund the film and has high hopes for the film. “Getting a movie into theaters so that the whole world can see it is nearly impossible for an independent film (most of them go straight to video, or less), but I’m a big dreamer, and Joey and I are living proof that amazing things can happen.”
While he was filming, his wife, Joey, proceeded with her chemotherapy treatments, which we just learned were unsuccessful. She is now resting at home with her family.
You can see the trailer HERE.
And take a look at the music video that started it all, “Josephine“.