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A feature-length documentary following one couple's struggle in the aftermath of the financial crisis.
A feature-length documentary following one couple's struggle in the aftermath of the financial crisis.
173 backers pledged $26,126 to help bring this project to life.

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Yankee Restraint, a feature length documentary currently in production, is in desperate need of your generous support. For over a two years, the director Harry Mavromichalis and his small crew have been on a breakneck schedule of filming, but there’s a chance that none of the compelling footage they’ve gathered will ever be seen. 

Yankee Restraint is a true labor of love. Along with the director, each and every one of us has been touched by Craig and Philip's moving story. Told amidst the backdrop of the financial crisis of 2008, it is a story of one couple’s deep commitment to each other and their courage in the face of adversity. We believe it’s a story worth sharing and we know you will, too. Please help us continue the journey by supporting us in any way you can. No donation is too small and every dime or dollar helps us in countless ways. Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our project and we look forward to seeing you at the premiere!

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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, who are as unique as they are utterly relatable, their story is a microscope on the national landscape.

A committed couple for the past 28 years, Craig and Philip seemed to have it all. But when they were hit hard by the financial crisis in 2008, the world they had spent nearly 30 years creating began to crumble. Philip’s booming interior design business dwindled to a mere shadow of its former self and Craig’s flourishing art career came to an abrupt halt.

Thus began their downward spiral, coupled with plights of depression and substance abuse. As they fight to regain a sense of stability amidst a sea of uncertainty, this is a story of desperation and human struggle, but also of art, creation, and the potential for healing. It examines the intricacies of a relationship spanning decades and tackles issues of love and resentment and what it means when they go hand in hand.

Paintings by Craig Schumacher.
Paintings by Craig Schumacher.

How Will The Money Be Spent?

Yankee Restraint is truly a passion project for our small team, but in order to continue, we will need funds to help cover the following production costs:

- Camera and sound equipment
- Hard drives
- Crew
- Airfare
- Lodging
- Transportation
 
How Kickstarter Works

Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. In other words, if we don’t raise our goal of $25,000, we lose everything. Once we have met our goal, we will contact you to get your address, so we can get these awesome rewards to you.

What If We Exceed The Goal?

Craig and Philip's former home. Images courtesy of House Beautiful and Nathan Schroder.
Craig and Philip's former home. Images courtesy of House Beautiful and Nathan Schroder.

If we can raise more than the $25,000, that would be a dream achieved in and of itself! Any additional funding would go a long way toward paying for post-production, the editing of the film, and marketing/distribution costs.

A Message From the Director – Harry Mavromichalis 

As a friend of Craig and Philip’s and also a gay man, their journey is a personal one for me on many levels. I first met the couple in 2008, and after forming an instant friendship, I made it a point to visit them on subsequent trips. After one such visit, I was so touched by their poignant and humorous personal anecdotes that I was compelled to write a feature script inspired by them. After turning the camera on them just to gather material, I simply couldn’t turn away. It was clear that Craig and Philip were the perfect, compelling subjects in their own, true and still evolving narrative. 

The trust and friendship we previously established allows me a distinct advantage and unique perspective, as I am more readily privy to their thoughts, emotions, and admissions. Furthermore, as a gay man and a filmmaker, I feel a personal imperative to tell their tale and highlight their life as a gay couple in a nation whose narrative often excludes their perspective in favor of more “traditional” models.

Craig and Philip offer compelling transparency as they recount their personal stories and relay struggles with drug addiction, alcoholism, and attempted suicide. We are reminded that life is fragile and fleeting, but that there is a unity in our experience, however different we may seem. They remind us of the importance of human relationships and it is our hope that, through their voices, we are able to shed light on the commonalities we all share.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can’t make a monetary contribution today, please help spread the word about Yankee Restraint by sharing the links below:

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Thank you so much! We can't wait to show you what we've created with your help!

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