How has the rebirth of historical one-room schoolhouses helped revitalize small rural towns across America? What role did these schoolhouses play in the creation of our democracy? What can we learn given today's educational challenges?
Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse will be hosting a free screening of Country School: One Room - One Nation created by award-winning filmmakers Tammy and Kelly Rundle on Sunday, June 5th at 11am at The Moviehouse in Millerton, NY as part of the popular FilmWorks Forum series.
This feature-length documentary tells the dramatic true story of the life, death, and rebirth of one-room schoolhouses across the nation - and the impact their rebirth has had on their local communities.
The event will run from 11am to 1pm including a light breakfast reception and a lively panel discussion of local historians, community and cultural leaders following the screening of the film.
Panelists will include Ann Linden, President of The Indian Rock Schoolhouse in Amenia, NY; Malcolm Mills, President of the Friends of Boscobel and former Director of the Upper Hopewell Junction One-Room Schoolhouse and Mary Kay Vrba, Executive Director of Dutchess County Tourism, and Ralph Fedele, President of Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse and the North East Historical Society. Other local community leaders and special guests are also expected to attend the morning reception.
For more information and details, visit The Moviehouse at www.themoviehouse.net
About the documentary film Country School: One Room - One Nation...
Kelly & Tammy Rundle's Country School: One Room - One Nation provides a never-before-seen perspective on one-room schools in rural America. This visually stunning film features a unique country school designed by Frank Lloyd Wright along with dozens of more traditional structures of brick, stone, or wood - in all stages of restoration or decay - in picturesque rural areas of Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska. Shot in the midst of all four seasons, Country School features interviews with a who's who of one-room school scholars, as well as former country school teachers and students. Country School: One Room - One Nation takes viewers "back to school" for a dramatic new look at the lasting impact of America's one-room schools. The film runs 72 minutes and is available for rental for commercial or educational screenings and special events from Fourth Wall Films. For more information about the film visit www.fourthwallfilms.com
This special FilmWorks Forum event is made possible by the generosity and support of Carol and Robert Sadlon, owners of The Moviehouse in Millerton, New York.
Following the Panel Discussion, Ralph Fedele will meet with those who would like to sign-up for a tour of the Irondale Schoolhouse at the current location. It is one of a series of community events and benefits scheduled this Summer and Fall to help raise awareness and funds for the Irondale Schoolhouse project. A groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the Irondale Schoolhouse is being scheduled for late summer or early fall.
For more information or to become a supporter and member of the Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse, contact Ralph Fedele at 518.789.4619 or send your donation to Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse P.O. Box 876 Millerton, NY 12546 www.irondaleschoolhouse.com
About the Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse...
Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the 1850's historic schoolhouse for the benefit of the Millerton and North East Community. The Irondale Schoolhouse is being moved from the original location on Route 22 just north of the village to a site in the center of the Village of Millerton at the entrance of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail to serve as a Visitors and Cultural Center. Funds are being raised to support the renovation of the schoolhouse to its original character. The Irondale Schoolhouse Project will help to support the local economic development through tourism and exhibits of historical and cultural significance to the North East community.
Joan Daidone, Public Relations Chair, 518.789.3510
For futher information on the Friends of the Irondale Schoolhouse:
Contact Ralph Fedele at 518.789.4619
For future information on the Filmworks Forum or The Moviehouse
Contact Carol or Robert Sadlon at 518.789.0022 or visit www.themoviehouse.net