Rory Feek has been documenting his life with his late wife, Joey Feek, and daughter Indiana on video for the past two years, and now he is hoping to share the hundreds of hours of footage with the world.
Shortly before Indiana was born, Rory got out the video camera and started filming. He filmed everything, making sure to capture every precious moment as it happened. At first, it seemed to be a bit of a hobby, but when Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer in May 2014, the video’s had more of a purpose: to tell their story.
Rory’s videos show the most intimate times of his and Joey’s life. He filmed Joey’s growing belly as they waited on their little Indiana to arrive, and then her first breaths when she made her grand entrance into the world. He videoed Joey spending time with Indiana as she prepared to undergo her chemo and radiation treatments, and the moments that were harder — like when he and Joey shared their last dance together before she passed away.
Joey fought and held on as long as she could before she finally succumbed to cancer on March 4, 2016. In her final months, Rory shared the details of their lives on his blog This Life I Live, and he allowed their fans to see her as she faced death head on. Now, he wants to let them see her live if only through his videos.
“Joey and I have a friend named Ben that runs Provident Films here in Nashville and like many others, he has been following our story and hurting and praying for us for the last year or so,” Rory wrote in a blog post on Thursday. “When I shared some of the hundreds-of-hours of footage with Ben that I had been putting together the last couple months, he and his team offered to help turn that footage in to something greater than just a few small videos on the blog that I write. To turn it into a film.”
The film, according to Rory, will be a full-length documentary, including all the footage he captured over the past two years — the moments of life, love, and loss.
“A film about our lives during that two-and-a-half years,” Rory wrote. “Our love. Our struggles. And even more so, about our faith in God and our hope in a plan… bigger than the one we can see with our own eyes.”
“Most people know Joey and I for the five months we spent in Indiana – the beautiful, terrible days and weeks last fall and winter that we intimately shared through my blog posts. They got to see Joey die. To see her face death bravely and pass to the other side with honor. But I’d like for people to have the chance to see my wife live. To see the incredible woman that she was before the doctors said there was nothing more they could do… so they can better understand the amazing impact she’s had on me and everyone around her after she learned that the end was coming.”
To Joey, With Love will be coming to theaters on September 20, 2016, and will only be shown for one night. Luckily, it will be available in all major cinemas nationwide. To see if your theater will be showing the film and to buy tickets, visit ToJoeyWithLove.com.
[Image via This Life I Live]