Husband-and-wife singing duo Joey+Rory believed God would give them a great story, and He did. Fans are still mourning Joey Feek's death to cervical cancer at only age 40, but now can attend a special movie event about this couple's life of love and hope in select theaters on one of two nights: Sept. 20 and Oct. 6. Click here to explore which theaters will show the movie.
God gave Joey+Rory a love story for the ages, one that inspires faith. Intimately filmed by the couple over two and a half years, the movie documents the stirring journey of the 2010 Academy of Country Music Top New Vocal Duo.
Producers announced "To Joey, With Love" takes moviegoers from the birth of their daughter Indiana, born with Down Syndrome, through Joey's struggle with and ultimate surrender to cancer - all amidst their never-ending hope in something far greater.
Rory Feek said in an Today Show interview this week he saw his wife "come back to life" while making the documentary. "When Joey passed away in March and we came home to our farm, I couldn't remember my wife healthy," Feek said.
"All those years of marriage and all that life that she had, until I started going through the footage and then I saw her come back to life. I was able, in making the film, to watch her life happen in real time again. It was amazing."
Joey Feek died on March 4, spending her final months in hospice care at her family's Indiana farm. Rory later returned home with their 2-year-old daughter to the couple's farm in Tennessee, where Joey was laid to rest.
Rory had chronicled his wife's story through posts on social media and on his blog, This Life I Live, which attracted millions of readers along the way. He said he couldn't identify why so many people responded deeply to his story. "I think maybe, like me, they rarely get to see a beautiful love story, even if it's tragic," he said. "Sometimes the most beautiful things happen in the midst of tragedy and they get to see it because we've shared it, and I'm in awe of it and I can see why it would matter to them."
Feek described his wife as "an extraordinary ordinary woman" and explained how the idea of the documentary occurred. Initially, he decided to start shooting footage after he and Joey moved to their farm to simplify their lives and start a family. But their story took a turn after they learned their daughter had Down syndrome and Joey had cancer.
"The story just kept turning and I kept pushing record. And as time went on, I never knew what or why I was recording. It just felt important," he said.
"And then after Joey passed away, I started to realize why."