The newly restored Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield, Iowa will feature two late night Halloween showings of the award-winning documentary Villisca: Living with a Mystery by Emmy nominated Quad City filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle. Screenings are Friday, October 25, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 26 at 10:00 p.m. The Orpheum Theatre is located at 121 W. Broadway in Fairfield, Iowa. Tickets are $5/pp. For more information, call (641) 209-5008.
Sometime during the night of Sunday, June 9, 1912, a person or persons unknown entered a modest white house in Villisca, Iowa and bludgeoned to death the eight people sleeping there. These killings, known thereafter as the “Villisca Axe Murders," is easily the most notorious true crime in Iowa history. The murder spawned nearly ten years of investigations, repeated grand jury hearings, a spectacular slander suit, and murder trial, and numerous minor litigations and trials. It made and broke political careers. Legislation was written in response to the murder, including the establishment of the current State Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s predecessor. In addition, the murder proved an unmitigated tragedy for Villisca.
The film features Dr. Edgar Epperly, the foremost authority on the famous unsolved crime. Epperly has now researched this singular event in American history for over 55 years. It is considered America's greatest unsolved mystery.
Villisca: Living with a Mystery has since been shown in numerous film festivals, screened in theaters in over 65 cities throughout the U.S., qualified for the Academy Awards competition in the documentary feature category, was released nationally on DVD, and has aired on PBS stations throughout the Midwest.
In addition to Villisca, Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films previously produced the Emmy-nominated Country School: One Room - One Nation, and the award-winning documentaries Lost Nation: The Ioway 1, 2 & 3. They have partnered with Garry McGee (McMarr, Ltd.) to produce Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg which will have its World Premiere in Seberg's hometown of Marshalltown, Iowa on November 15, 2013 at the Orpheum Theater Center where her first film Saint Joan had its U.S. premiere in 1957. The are also in production on the documentaries River to River: Iowa's Highway 6, and Hero Street, and the docudrama Sons & Daughters of Thunder.
To order the award-winning feature-length documentary Villisca: Living with a Mystery click HERE! The film also features former FBI Special Agent and forensic profiler Robert K. Ressler, and eye-witnesses.