We are pleased to share the following review by Dispatch-Argus film critic Jonathan Turner. It is our first "thumbs up" for The Barn Raisers, and we could not be more pleased.
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!
January 20, 2017
Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Moline-based Fourth Wall Films certainly know how to make history.
The prolific, award-winning husband-and-wife team make history come alive — and make the inarguable case for historic preservation — through intelligent, insightful, expertly crafted documentaries on important subjects that have Midwest connections.
They reveal the height of their expressive, compassionate cinematic powers with their latest, "The Barn Raisers," which tells the story of barns in the Upper Midwest through the loving lens of architecture.
Filmed in Iowa, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Kansas, the ambitious and observant canvas (stretching a bit under an hour) paints a mesmerizing picture of how barn styles, building methods and materials reflect the people who built them, the life they lived, and the role these “country cathedrals” played in settling and building the nation, according to a Fourth Wall summary.
That religious theme is explored occasionally in this meaningful, affecting portrait. It serenely starts with sounds of birds, then majestic organ music, accompanying the painterly images. That's fitting as "Barn Raisers" feels like a hymn to the solemn beauty and importance of these buildings, and the Rundles treat them with the reverence they deserve.
Read the rest of the review HERE!