Rory Feek‘s Civil War film Josephine will make its premiere during the opening night of the 2016 Nashville Film Festival next month.
The project, directed and co-written by Feek, tells the story of “a desperate young farmer’s wife” who pretends to be a man and enlists in the Army after she finds out her Confederate soldier husband has gone missing. The film was inspired by Joey + Rory‘s track “Josephine,” which was based on a true story and featured on their 2012 album, His and Hers.
The film stars Alice Coulthard, Boris McGiver, Jessejames Locorriere and Linds Edwards, and was filmed largely in Halifax County, Virginia last summer. Through posts shared on his blog This Life I Live, Feek candidly shared his worries about the future of the project. “Getting a movie into theaters so that the whole world can see it is nearly impossible for an independent film, but I’m a big dreamer,” he explained.
“Sometimes, not knowing what you don’t know is a blessing,” Feek shared through an update on the film’s Kickstarter page. “We had an incredible cast of actors that I pray our little film is a blessing to, and that the world gets to see their talent the way that we have. And the crew we had worked tirelessly on this project… knowing like us, that we didn’t really have enough money, time or resources to pull it off. But together, we did.”
Just ten days after Feek announced that production had wrapped on the film, he shared the devastating news that his wife Joey’s cancer had been diagnosed as terminal. Joey Feek passed away after a long battle with the disease on March 4.
You can see the full trailer for Rory Feek’s Josephine here.