Putnam Giant Screen gets ready for Fourth Wall Films' "The Barn Raisers".
The Barn Raisers premieres on January 28, 2017 on the Putnam National Geographic Giant Screen, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport, Iowa. The Barley House Band, whose music is featured in the film, will perform beginning at 5:45 p.m. The film premieres at 6:30 p.m. with Q&A with film guests following. Advanced tickets are strongly recommended at Putnam.org/Calendar!
Linda Cook, Film Critic
Quad City Times
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Documentaries are my favorite genre of film. Great documentaries, like this one, entertain, teach us about the human condition and help us see the world in a different way.
“The Barn Raisers,” by Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Moline-based Fourth Wall Films, is a tribute not only to Midwestern history, but also the people who first set down roots in the Midwest and built the “folk architecture” known as barns.
The movie focuses on what barn settings, styles, methods and materials tell about the people who built them, the life they lived and the role the buildings played in settling and expanding the United States, especially in the Midwest.
First, the beauty of the barns is depicted in all their glory, from cobwebs to cathedral-like environments. The film, with its gentle images of a variety of barns — many of them stunning — and the people who loves them is worth seeing just for the imagery.
Whether you grew up on or near a farm, you’ll enjoy hearing people — many of whom are direct descendants of barn tenders and builders — talk about the structures which include an incredible barn designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Read the rest of Linda Cook's review by clicking HERE!
The Barn Raisers was partially funded by grants Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, Humanities Iowa, the Kansas Humanities Council, the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, the Ohio Humanities Council, the National Barn Alliance/Russ & Lu Ann Mawby, and the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Moline Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Jackson County. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this documentary film and program do not necessarily reflect those of the these organizations.
Fiscal sponsors for the project are Kansas Public Telecommunications Service, Inc., the Kansas Barn Alliance, Friends of Ohio Barns, Richland County Historical Society and the Jackson County Iowa Historical Society.
The Rundles are the producers of the regional Emmy® nominated historical documentaries Country School: One Room – One Nation, River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6, and Letters Home to Hero Street (co-produced with WQPT-PBS).