Yankee Restraint

: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Post-Production


Consumed by years of mounting debt, Craig and Philip descend into addiction, depression and despair. With the veneer of their picture-perfect life now stripped away, the couple must decide if the love that first brought them together is enough to save them.


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’s directing and producing credits include Olympia (the award-winning, critically-acclaimed feature documentary on Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis) and Pretty Ugly: The Story of the Lunachicks (the untold story behind NYC’s most Legendary group of punk rock heroines). Harry has dual citizenship from the United States and Cyprus. After many years working professionally in New York as a modern dancer and choreographer, he returned to creative team school and received his Masters in Film Directing from New York University. He recently co-founded Dead Famous Productions, a New York based production company aimed at telling stories about under-represented groups in society. Harry curated the first LGBTQ Film Festival in Cyprus and was one of the key organizers of the country’s first Pride Parade.

Kelly Miller - Producer

Kelly is an actor, writer and producer whose latest award-winning short film, Touchscreen, is currently on the festival circuit. He is an associate producer for the documentary feature Olympia and is currently developing several short and feature-length films. His on-screen work includes appearances in Steven Spielberg’s The Post, Tamara Jenkins’ Private Life and TV shows including Homeland, House of Cards, Godfather of Harlem and The Plot Against America.


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