Production on The Barn Raisers continued in Iowa with a stop at Oakdale Farm in Ogden. The farm has been in the Good family for generations. But the really special part of the farm's story is that the barn was the home of Farceur, a San Francisco World’s Fair Champion Belgian stallion.
Farceur was purchased by C. G. Good in 1915 for $47,500 and sired a long line of champion Belgian horses. All of the horses currently on the property are his descendants.
Farceur died in December 1924 and was buried standing up inside the barn along the south wall. His resting place is visited during the annual barn tour, and the Good family is happy to share its extensive archive on the history of Farceur and the farm.
The Barn Raisers historical documentary feature film tells the story of barns in the Upper Midwest by examining them through the lens of architecture.
What do barn settings, styles, methods and materials tell us about the people who built them, the life they lived, and the role these vanishing country cathedrals played in the settling and building of a growing nation?
Barns were constructed by farmer/craftsmen, professional builders who traveled from job to job and even architects like Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Barn Raisers paints a cinematic portrait of barns and builders and reminds us that these remnants from America's rural past are still here to be appreciated and experienced.
Currently, an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign off is underway to raise $5,000 for production work on the documentary film, produced by Emmy® nominated filmmakers Tammy & Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films.
To view a sample clip, learn about the filmmakers and the project, and donate through the Indiegogo campaign, click HERE.
The Barn Raisers has been awarded grants from Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area, Humanities Iowa, the Kansas Humanities Council, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, Ohio Humanities, the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, the National Barn Alliance and Russ & Lu Ann Mawby.