Finding Josephine, a stirring Civil War drama co-written and directed by Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter Rory Feek is set for release at Walmart and stores across the nation on February 5th. However, you can see it in person at the little red barn on Feek’s farm, sorta. Feek will host a Facebook Live showing of the movie on Sunday, Jan. 27 followed by a Q&A on his Facebook page starting at 6 p.
The film stars Alice Coulthard, Boris McGiver (House of Cards), Jesse James Locorriere, Linds Edwards, and Matthew Brady. The film is about a young soldier’s wife who dresses as a man and enlists in the Confederate Army in a quest to find her missing husband. Finding Josephine was produced and co-written by Aaron Carnahan.
Feek has a personal connection to the movie. In the mid-90s, he purchased a 150-year-old farmhouse and came across letters between a Civil War soldier and his wife. Incredibly moved by their love story and longing for one of his own, Feek’s wish was granted when he met and married his late wife Joey (with whom he formed the country duo Joey+Rory). The pair recorded “Josephine,” a song that was loosely based on the Civil War letters and later blossomed into a full-blown screenplay that told both of Feek’s story and that of Josephine, connecting the two tales with a thread of devoted love.
Finding Josephine was filmed in Halifax County, Virginia, in 2015. The film was screened at the 2016 Bentonville Film Festival, as well as 2016 Nashville Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Tennessee First Feature. The February release marks the first time the film will be made available to a wider audience.