"The Barn Raisers" Finds Unexpected Humanity in the History of Barns
IPR's Charity Nebbe interviews Marlin Ingalls (architectural historian), Kelly Rundle (The Barn Raisers director/writer), Tammy Rundle (The Barn Raisers producer/writer--not pictured) and Rudy Christian (traditional timber framer in Ohio--not pictured).
Tammy Rundle understands that a barn is not necessarily the sexiest subject for a documentary. When her husband Kelly suggested doing an hour-long feature of the creation and history of barns, she was hesitant.
"I was like, 'Ooo-kay...we'll give this a shot,'" she laughs. "But, as is often the case with our documentary subjects, I caught the bug. And probably the most inspirational and wonderful part of the project was hearing these stories, and that really is the soul of the film. That is what brings these barns to life again."
Their documentary, The Barn Raisers, shows how barns evolved in the Midwest by looking at their architecture. Rudy Christian, founding president of Friends of Ohio Barns, says understanding barns goes hand in hand with understanding our agricultural past.