Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle's award-winning short documentary AXMAN is an Official Selection at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It will screen at the Collins Road Theatre, 1462 Twixt Town Road NE, Marion, Iowa in Theatre 4 on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 7:15 p.m. and on Saturday, April 6 at 8:21 p.m.
Sometime during the night of Sunday, June 9, 1912, a person or persons unknown entered a tiny house in Villisca, Iowa and used the victims’ own axe to bludgeon to death Josiah B. Moore, his wife Sara, and their children Herman, Katherine, Boyd, and Paul and overnight guests Lena and Ina Stillinger. The crime, known thereafter as the Villisca axe murders, is the most notorious crime in Iowa history. The tragedy spawned numerous official investigations and three sensational trials. The case made and broke political careers and led to the establishment of the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation. The murders also split residents of the small community of Villisca, Iowa over the guilt or innocence of a local suspect, Iowa State Senator Frank Fernando Jones.
In 1955, a college student named Edgar Epperly began interviewing people close to the investigation and the victims. He has subsequently criss-crossed the nation in his quest for the truth. Now, nearly 60 years later, the retired college professor is still searching for a solution to the crime. Exclusive interviews with Epperly and others close to his unique work reveal the secret reason behind his dogged devotion to America's greatest unsolved mystery.
AXMAN won Best Short Documentary at the Landlocked Film Festival in 2012.
Nearly sixty films were submitted for consideration at the CRIFF. A panel of judges awarded 42 with Official Selection status. These films will go on to compete for Gold and Silver Eddy Awards and the Audience Choice and Iowa Connection Eddys, which will be presented at a Saturday night ceremony.
“It’s another fine crop of films this year. We are proud to showcase some great Iowa filmmakers,” said festival founder and director Scott Chrisman.
For Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival ticket information and the program schedule visit: http://www.crifm.org/index.html