A special free screening of The Barn Raisers will be presented at the Moline Public Library, 3210-41st Ave., Moline, Illinois, on Monday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. Following the documentary presentation, Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, will take part in Q&A.
The Barn Raisers tells the story of barns in the Midwest by examining them through the lens of architecture. The film explores what building methods, barn styles, and materials tell us about the people who built them, the life they lived, and the role these “country cathedrals” played in the settling and building of the 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, an important way of life that has been largely forgotten, and the film reminds us that these remnants from America’s rural past are still here to be interpreted and experienced.
"The 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..." Jonathan Turner, Dispatch-Argus (Read the full review HERE!)
The Barn Raisers was partially funded by Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, Humanities Iowa, the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, the National Barn Alliance/Russ & LuAnn Mawby, the Kansas Humanities Council, the Ohio Humanities Council, and the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Moline Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Jackson County.