Executive Producer of “Not Throwing in the Towel,” Johanna Rhodes, had the idea to film two of her friends, Ginny and Debbie, because she saw a story that needed to be told. For this piece, Rhodes called on the talents of award-winning Director/Filmmaker, Sandra Pfeifer. “Not Throwing in the Towel” is a documentary that took 15 months to create, but a lifetime to live.
Sandra Pfeifer focuses the camera on the couple that lives in western Kentucky. Debbie and Ginny, a Michigan native, have been partners for nearly 20 years. They have faced tough times, family rejection, and public harassment. This documentary is more than just one story about one gay couple in America. It is a story about eliminating the “us” vs. “them” mentality. It’s a story about love, commitment, and healing. Pfeifer says she strives to answer the calling of the film. She is very proud of the result and believes this story has an important place in the documentary world.
“Not Throwing in the Towel” is one of the entrants in the 2nd Annual I See You Awards®. The festivities will begin on Thursday, August 23rd, with a full day of nominated film screenings, and will continue throughout the weekend. The events will conclude on Sunday, August 26th, with a black tie/ blue carpet awards ceremony at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak. The official nominees and selections with be announced soon.
We’ll all have to wait to see if “Not Throwing in the Towel” is an official selection before knowing if it’ll be shown in its entirety at the awards, but you can get a sneak peek at the documentary by watching the trailer below.
To the cast and crew of Not Throwing in the Towel….we see you!
The 2018 awards are sponsored by the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, Emagine Entertainment, WWJ Newsradio 950, the Lee Group and Randazzo Formal Wear.