The award-winning documentary River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6, produced by Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, has received a Mid-America Emmy® nomination. A special screening of the Emmy® nominated documentary will be held at the New Strand Theatre, 111 E. 3rd St., West Liberty, Iowa, Saturday, September 24 at 1PM. The Rundles and other film participants will take part in Q&A following the film. Tickets are available at the theater.
West Liberty, Davenport, Walcott, Durant, Wilton, Atalissa, Moscow, Iowa City, Coralville and Marengo are among numerous towns along Historic Route 6 that appear in the film.
Inspired by the research and photography of Dave Darby, Executive Director of the Iowa Division of the Route 6 Tourist Association, 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 Highway 6.
Dave Darby, Executive Director of the Iowa Division of the Route 6 Tourist Association.
“Most travelers are unaware of the many colorful stories from the past around every turn in the road,” said Dave Darby, who will appear at the New Strand screening for Q&A. “Iowa’s portion of the transcontinental Route 6 has a past that includes Bonnie and Clyde, Jesse James, Nancy Drew, Jack Kerouac, the Great Race Across Iowa, and others.”
“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 of Fourth Wall Films. “The film is a celebration of a journey.”
The film one-hour film has been delighting capacity crowds at its showings in towns along Route 6 and beyond. The film won Best Documentary at the 2016 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival.
“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.
River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6 is the third Emmy® nomination for the Rundles. Their documentaries Letters Home to Hero Street (co-produced with WQPT-PBS) and Country School: One Room – One Nation also received nominations. A gala Mid-America Emmy® award ceremony will take place in Branson, Missouri on October 1, 2016.
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.
Fourth Wall Films is an award-winning independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois. This is the second Emmy® nomination for Fourth Wall Films’ Kelly and Tammy Rundle.