An intimate portrait of a couple's struggle to hold on to the one thing they have left... each other.
In the aftermath of the economic crisis, when millions of Americans continue to grapple with the realities of home foreclosure, unemployment, and financial setbacks, Yankee Restraint paints a portrait of one couple’s struggle. Told through the lens of Craig and Philip, a committed gay couple of 28 years, their story is a microscope on the national landscape and a unique twist on a pervasive nationwide issue.
Both successful artists in their own right, Craig and Philip had been living the American dream -- blissfully entwined in that old Texas adage: bigger is better. But after losing their home and their jobs in 2008, they found themselves caught in a downward spiral of codependency, addiction, and depression. Our cameras enter their lives at a time when they are attempting to pick up the pieces and rebuild the life and love they once knew. Ultimately, their story is one of hope, of two individuals sustaining the most enduring relationship of their lives and overcoming their greatest obstacle yet.
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Harry Mavromichalis - Director
Harry Mavromichalis received his MFA in Film Directing from NYU. He has written and directed movies in New York and Spain and is currently working on a feature script that will be shot in Cyprus. Harry has directed music videos for artists both in New York and Greece and has filmed spec commercials for American Apparel. His spec commercial Timeless for Johnnie Walker was a Top Ten finalist in the student section at the 2009 AICP show. Currently he is completing another feature length documentary called “Olympia Dukakis: Undefined”.
Mollye Asher - Producer
Mollye Asher is a NY based independent producer who most recent projects have been awarded the Wasserman Award, Columbus/Vague Award, Warner Brothers Grant and the Fotokem Grant. Her feature debut as a producer, Faith, Love and Whiskey, premiered at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival and was the winner of the Best Cinematography award. Most recently it won Best Narrative Feature at the 2012 Dallas International Film Festival. Mollye is co-producer for Student Academy Award winner, Kim Spurlock’s feature debut and is currently in development for After the Storm, winner of Best Screenplay at the 2011 Urbanworld Film Festival and the Spike Lee Production Grant. She is a producer on the award-winning script Lee which has been a participant in the Sundance Screenwriter’s and Director’s Lab as well as Film Independent’s Screenwriter and Producing Labs. Mollye is a 2012 Film Independent Fast Track fellow and currently a thesis student in the NYU Graduate Film program.
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