Russell met Anna during a summer internship at her church in Portland, OR. At summer’s end, Russell returned to seminary at Duke Divinity School in North Carolina, and the two embarked on a cross-country long-distance relationship. The southern gentleman and the pacific northwesterner beat the 3-hour time difference by sending videos, photos and letters back and forth to one another. And when it happened that they were in the same city for a week here or there, they would capture as many memories on film as possible. This is when the two first experienced the power of film. As much as they tried to commit to memory times they shared together, memories often lost their intensity, their clarity and even their reliability. That’s when the images they had captured would help them remember. And after the two married a bit later, they decided to turn that passion into a career path, fully diving headlong into Joyce Films.