The Sanford Museum and Planetarium will showcase The Barn Raisers, the award-winning documentary by Mid-America Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films. The event is free to the public and the film will screen on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
“The Barn Raisers feels like a hymn to the solemn beauty and importance of these buildings,” wrote Entertainment Editor Jonathan Turner of the Dispatch-Argus.
Film critic Linda Cook, Quad City Times, gave The Barn Raisers four-out-of-four stars.
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 like Wisconsin round barn builder Alga Shivers 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 Sanford Museum and Planetarium features exhibits and activities on a variety of subjects including: Archaeology, Art, Astronomy, Geology, History, Natural History, and Paleontology. Admission is always free to the public. The Sanford Museum is located at at 117 E Willow St, Cherokee, Iowa.
The Barn Raisers was partially funded by grants from the Humanities Iowa, Humanities Kansas, Wisconsin Humanities Council, Ohio Humanities Council, the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, the National Barn Alliance/Russ & LuAnn Mawby, Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, the Moline Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Jackson County.
All of the Rundles' award-winning films are available at Amazon.com and https://www.fourthwallfilms.com/dvds.htm.