Tammy & Kelly Rundle during filming at the Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover, Illinois for the new docudrama Sons & Daughters of Thunder, which will premiere at the Putnam Museum Giant Screen in Davenport, Iowa late 2017.
March 2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of documentary filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle’s move from Los Angeles to the Quad Cities. Ten films and three Mid-America Emmy® nominations later, their new documentary The Barn Raisers will have its broadcast premiere on WQPT-PBS on Sunday, March 26 at 9:00 p.m. Their Emmy-nominated River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6 will air following The Barn Raisers at 10:00 p.m.
The Barn Raisers is also an Official Selection By-Invitation at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Southern California, where 50,000+ attendees will view films from all over the world April 20-27, 2017.
“This is a great way to celebrate ten wonderful years in the Quad Cities,” said Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films. “We are always grateful and honored to have our broadcast premieres on WQPT.”
The film will air again on WQPT on Thursday, March 30 at 11:00 p.m.
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. The Barn Raisers is a companion film to the Rundles’ Emmy® nominated historical documentary Country School: One Room – One Nation.
"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...” wrote Jonathan Turner, film reviewer for the Dispatch-Argus.
Linda Cook, film critic for the Quad City Times gave the film 4-out-of-4 Stars and wrote: "Great documentaries, like this one, entertain, teach us about the human condition and help us see the world in a different way."
The Rundles were surprised to hear from the Newport Beach Film Festival.
"A programmer was looking for new films on architecture for a special section of the festival called Architecture, Art + Design. They previewed the film and we were pleased to receive word that The Barn Raisers was selected for the festival," said Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films.
“We have come full circle,” Tammy said. “We made our home in Southern California for 18 years. To have our latest documentary screen there as we celebrate our ten-year anniversary in the Quad Cities seems fitting.”
The Rundles see a busy year ahead with production work on their Hero Street documentary series they are developing; editing their first docudrama Sons & Daughters of Thunder, a co-production with Kent and playwright Earlene Hawley, with a premiere date planned for later this year on the Putnam Museum Giant Screen in Davenport, Iowa; and releasing Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg (a co-production with partner Garry McGee of McMarr LTD) for broadcast and on DVD early in 2018.
The Barn Raisers was partially funded by grants from Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, Humanities Iowa, the Kansas Humanities Council, the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, the Ohio Humanities Council, the National Barn Alliance, and the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Moline Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Jackson County.
The fiscal sponsors for the film project are Friends of Ohio Barns, the Kansas Barn Alliance, KPTS-PBS, and the Jackson County Historical Society.
The Rundles are the producers of the regional Emmy® nominated historical documentaries Country School: One Room – One Nation, River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6, and Letters Home to Hero Street (co-produced with WQPT-PBS).
To PRE-ORDER the DVD of The Barn Raisers, click here: http://fourthwallfilms.com/dvds.htm.