Rory Feek talks about his film 'Finding Josephine'
COLUMBIA, TN (WSMV) - Grammy-winning country singer/songwriter Rory Feek is marking the wide-release of his film, Finding Josephine.
The film is a Civil War drama, co-written and co-directed by Feek, and loosely based on letters found in his old Columbia farmhouse.
The film follows Josephine Robison as she poses as a man and enlists in the army in search of her missing husband, John. The characters on which the film is based lived on the hundred-acre farm in Maury County which Feek now owns, but their story was partly Feek’s creation.
“I bought this old farmhouse in 1999 and it was in really rough shape,” said Feek in an exclusive interview with Nashville NBC affiliate News4. “We found those letters and they just inspired me - something about how poetic they were - and I wrote a song based upon those letters.
Feek said he was so touched by the sincerity in the letters between John and Josephine that he began to hope for a love story like theirs.
“I was singing that song at a writer’s night and this girl Joey was in the audience who ends up being my wife and her nickname’s always Josephine,” said Feek. “The amazing part is [the letters] not only inspired a song, it inspired a love story.”
Joey and Rory married in 2002 and made the Columbia farm their own. In 2011, they recorded the song “Josephine” and made an accompanying music video. It wasn’t until 2014 that the story of Josephine was expanded again into the screenplay, Finding Josephine.
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