“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 Feb. 5.

Starring Alice Coulthard, Boris McGiver (House of Cards), Jessejames 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.

The film has deep roots in Feek’s own story. 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 right here in Halifax County 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.   

Feek is a New York Times bestselling author and GRAMMY-winning singer and songwriter.

He is most well-known as one-half of Joey+Rory, a country music duo he began with his wife, Joey.

The couple captured the hearts of many as Rory chronicled their love story, the birth of their daughter, Indiana, and Joey’s cancer battle on his blog, “This Life I Live,” as well as their preparation for her passing in March 2016 at age 40.

Since, he’s released a documentary, “To Joey, With Love,” and a memoir, “This Life I Live: One Man’s Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever” (Thomas Nelson).

He has three daughters and lives on a farm south of Nashville with the youngest, 4-year-old Indiana, where they garden vegetables, raise animals and live a simpler life.

Paula I. Bryant is the editor of The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at pbryant@gazettevirginian.com.​

Paula I. Bryant is the editor of The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at pbryant@gazettevirginian.com.