Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films marked the 100 year anniversary of the 1912 Villisca, Iowa axe murders by producing a new short documentary about the man who has studied the still-unsolved mystery for nearly six decades. Their film, “AXMAN,” won “Best Professional Documentary” at the 13th annual Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival on April 6, 2013.
In 1955 a college student named Edgar Epperly began researching the details behind the brutal axe murder of eight people in a small Southwest Iowa town. Now, nearly 60 years later, the retired college professor is still actively 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.
“We were thrilled that “AXMAN” was an Official Selection in the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival,” said producer Tammy Rundle. “This is our first documentary short film, and we are very pleased with the reception it has received from audiences and film festivals.”
“AXMAN” previewed at the Villisca Axe Murder Commemoration in Red Oak, Iowa on June 10, 2012, and it premiered at the 2012 Landlocked Film Festival where it won Best Documentary Short.
Each of the Rundles’ previous feature-length documentaries, “Country School: One Room – One Nation”; “Lost Nation: The Ioway”; and “Villisca: Living with a Mystery” won ‘Best Documentary Film’ at previous Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festivals.