Emmy® nominated documentary filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle spent four years crisscrossing Iowa to film their crowd-pleasing documentary River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6. Audiences will get a chance to ‘join the journey’ when the film screens at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival April 1 at 7:50pm and April 2 at 2:50pm at the Collins Road Theatres, 1462 Twixt Town Road, Marion, Iowa. Show times and ticket information will be available at www.crifm.org.
River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6 guides viewers on a nostalgic classic car journey through yesterday’s soda shops, filling stations, general stores, drive-ins, historic sites and roadside attractions that line Iowa’s U.S. Highway 6.
Bonnie and Clyde dramatic story unfolded in Dexter, Iowa. Photo courtesy Dexter Museum.
“Most travelers are unaware of the many colorful stories from the past around every turn in the road,” said producer Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films. “Iowa’s portion of the transcontinental Route 6 has a past that includes Bonnie and Clyde, Jesse James, Nancy Drew, Jack Kerouac, and the Great Race Across Iowa.”
“With Interstate 80’s near universal use by travelers, Route 6 and the memories that define it have faded from the public’s consciousness,” said director Kelly Rundle, who will attend the film festival. “The film is a celebration of a journey.”
“Historic Route 6 is our own romantic little highway,” said Dimitri Makedonsky, owner of the Ladora Bank Bistro in Ladora, Iowa off of Route 6.
The one-hour documentary, which has been delighting capacity crowds at its showings, was inspired by the research and photography of Dave Darby, Executive Director of the Iowa Division of the Route 6 Tourist Association.
The documentary will continue its theatrical tour at film festivals and in art theaters, with broadcasts on Midwestern PBS stations slated for later this year. The film has been released nationally on DVD.
Photo courtesy the Spaulding Inn in Grinnell, Iowa--the Spaulding mansion is featured in the documentary.
River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6 was funded in part by grants from Humanities Iowa, Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area and the National Endowment for the Humanities through the documentary’s fiscal sponsor, The Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.