Partner in life but not a wife

Ellen White dated Kenneth Wheeler for 43 years. He asked her to marry him countless times, but she never said yes and refused to move in with him. This is the story of how they met, fell in love and stayed in love for more than four decades.

  • Elie Gardner
  • Elie Gardner
  • Ellen White
    Key Cast
  • Kenneth Wheeler
    Key Cast
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    Romance, Documentary, Feminism
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Elie Gardner

Elie Gardner is a photojournalist, filmmaker, and graduate student in global development. In the past decade, she has been based on three continents and told stories from more than 20 countries. She regularly collaborates with humanitarian organizations to tell character-driven stories, dissecting how war, climate change, and poverty affect lives. She is a member of The Everyday Projects Community Team and cofounder of Everyday Latin America – an Instagram community that uses photography to paint a more accurate view of daily life than what is commonly seen in the media. Elie is currently based in Norway.

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Director Statement

A film that makes one question what we think about love, marriage, and social control through the voice of two fiercely independent individuals.