Remembering Harriet Beecher Stowe on her 213th birthday

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213 years ago, on June 14, 1811 in Litchfield, Connecticut, Harriet Elizabeth Beecher was one of thirteen children born to Presbyterian minister Lyman Beecher. Her mother, Roxanna Foote Beecher, died when she was just five years old. Harriet Beecher Stowe would go on to become a world-renowned American writer, staunch abolitionist, and one of the most influential women of the 19th century. She is best known for her anti-slavery best-selling 1852 novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

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Our Emmy-nominated documentary Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe is available on DVD, and includes extra Bonus Features including extended interview comments, and a filmmakers' commentary.  Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe, by award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, tells the story of the writer’s life in Cincinnati, Ohio and how these life-changing experiences contributed to her best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Beecher-Stowe lived in Cincinnati between 1832 and 1850, and just after her move to Maine, she adapted her Ohio experiences and anti-slavery sentiment into America’s most influential novel.

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To order the Emmy nominated documentary BECOMING HARRIET BEECHER STOWE on DVD or to STREAM the film, click HERE!

Our Emmy-nominated docudrama SONS & DAUGHTERS OF THUNDER is inspired by the true story of the "Lane Rebels" and features a young Harriet Beecher newly arrived in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Discussing the abolition of slavery in 1834 was considered radical, even in the North. Organized by firebrand abolitionist Theodore Weld, the nation's first public debates at Lane Seminary in Cincinnati led to near riot conditions in the city. The shocking oratory sparked intense controversy and awakened a young Harriet Beecher (Stowe) to the horrors of slavery. Harriet was captivated by Weld's charismatic leadership at a time when Calvin Stowe was trying to win her heart. When school trustees slapped a gag order on the "Lane Rebels", most of the students left in a collective Free Speech protest.

Inspired by Weld and the debates, Harriet later distilled her Cincinnati experiences into the world-wide best-selling novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin". SONS & DAUGHTERS OF THUNDER is based on the critically-acclaimed play by Earlene Hawley and Curtis Heeter.

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To order the Emmy-nominated docudrama SONS & DAUGHTERS OF THUNDER on DVD, or to STREAM the film, click HERE!

Happy birthday, Harriet Beecher Stowe!

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Fourth Wall Films is a four-time Emmy® award-winning  independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.  Fourth Wall Films' husband-and-wife team Kelly Rundle & Tammy Rundle focus on telling Midwestern stories through historical documentary films that reach viewers via PBS broadcasts, theaters, film festivals, national DVD release and online streaming. Other award-winning Fourth Wall Films are available on DVD at https://www.fourthwallfilms.com/


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"Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe" Official Selection at Over-The-Rhine International Film Festival

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“Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe” is an Official Selection at the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival. The festival takes place July 6-8 in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Organized by leading disability services and advocacy organization LADD and under the artistic direction of venerated film critic TT Stern Enzi and creatively produced with senior artist activist Kate Siahaan-Rigg, the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival takes place in the heart of the Over The Rhine District of Cincinnati. Originally an extension of the National “Reel Abilities” Film Festival which came to Cincinnati in 2013, the festival widened its lens to also include any films that tell stories about communities whose voices are marginalized in the world. 

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"Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe" will screen at the beautiful, historic Woodward Theater on Saturday, July 8th (ticket info at: https://otrfilmfest.org/tickets/ ).

Produced by Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, “Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe” tells the story of the famous writer’s life in Cincinnati, Ohio and how those life-changing experiences contributed to her best-selling novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. Beecher-Stowe lived in Cincinnati between 1832 and 1850, and after her move to Maine, she adapted her observations and anti-slavery sentiment into America’s most influential novel.

Historians, writers and scholars providing insight into Harriet’s life include Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life”, Joan Hedrick; author Philip McFarland, "Loves of Harriet Beecher Stowe"; historians Christine Anderson, Chris DeSimio, John E. Douglass,  John Getz, Michelle Watts, and Betty Campbell, site manager of the John Rankin House.

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“The Cincinnati years, I think, profoundly affected her,” said Hedrick. “Her early marriage, her early motherhood – I think it was hard for her to leave that sacred ground. When she moved there, she was a New Englander. When she went back East 18 years later, she was an American.”

Clips from Fourth Wall Films’ award-winning docudrama Sons & Daughters of Thunder are included in the documentary and feature acclaimed actors from the Quad Cities region including award-winning actress Jessica Taylor who portrays a young Harriet Beecher. The voice of Harriet Beecher Stowe was presented throughout the documentary by actress Dee Canfield of Moline.  

A number of Ohio historic sites appear in the film, including the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati, the John Rankin House in Ripley, the General Harrison Canal Boat at the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency in Piqua; and Old Washington Historic District in Maysville, Kentucky.

“Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe” was partially funded by a grant from the Ohio Humanities, a State affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Producers Kelly and Tammy Rundle are the owners of Fourth Wall Films, an award-winning independent film production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois. The Rundles have won four Emmy® Awards, and received twelve Emmy® nominations for their documentary film work.

Visit FourthWallFilms.com for more information.


Emmy-nominated “Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe” and Q&A presented April 5 at Eldridge Library

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Award-winning actress Jessica Taylor portrayed Harriet Beecher Stowe in the Fourth Wall Films documentary's companion docudrama "Sons & Daughters of Thunder".

The Mid-America Emmy® nominated documentary “Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe” produced by Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films will be presented by the Scott County Library System: Eldridge Branch on Wednesday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. A Q&A with the film producers will follow the 30-minute film. The event is sponsored by Friends of Eldridge Library. 

“Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe” tells the story of the famous writer’s life in Cincinnati, Ohio and how those life-changing experiences contributed to her best-selling novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. Beecher-Stowe lived in Cincinnati between 1832 and 1850, and after her move to Maine, she adapted her observations and anti-slavery sentiment into America’s most influential novel.

Historians, writers and scholars providing insight into Harriet’s life include Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life”, Joan Hedrick.

“The Cincinnati years, I think, profoundly affected her,” said Hedrick. “Her early marriage, her early motherhood – I think it was hard for her to leave that sacred ground. When she moved there, she was a New Englander. When she went back East 18 years later, she was an American.”

Clips from Fourth Wall Films’ award-winning docudrama Sons & Daughters of Thunder are included in the documentary and feature acclaimed actors from the Quad Cities area including award-winning actress Jessica Taylor who portrays a young Harriet Beecher. The voice of Harriet Beecher Stowe was presented throughout the documentary by actress Dee Canfield of Moline.  A number of historic sites in appear in the film, including the Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover, Illinois, the Dillon Home Museum in Sterling, Illinois and the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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“Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe” was partially funded by a grant from the Ohio Humanities, a State affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Producers Kelly and Tammy Rundle are the owners of Fourth Wall Films, an Emmy® award-winning independent film production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.

The Rundles have won four Emmy® Awards, and received twelve Emmy® nominations for their documentary film work.


"Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe" airs on WQPT-PBS October 27

 

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The Emmy® nominated documentary Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe,  produced by filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, will air on WQPT-PBS on Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 p.m. following the documentary Becoming Frederick Douglass.

Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe explores the writer’s life in Cincinnati, Ohio and how those life-changing experiences contributed to her best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  Beecher-Stowe lived in Cincinnati between 1832 and 1850, and just after her move to Maine, she adapted her Ohio experiences and anti-slavery sentiment into America’s most influential novel.

The documentary features interviews with Joan Hedrick, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life”; Philip McFarland, author of “The Loves of Harriet Beecher Stowe”; historians Chris DeSimio, Christine Anderson, Ph.D., John E. Douglass, Ph.D.; John Getz, Ph.D., and Michelle Watts, Ph.D.

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Production took place in Cincinnati, Piqua and Ripley, Ohio; Maysville, Kentucky; Litchfield and Hartford, Connecticut; Brunswick, Maine and Andover, Massachusetts.

The documentary project received a major grant from Ohio Humanities, a State affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities.  Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House served as the fiscal sponsor for the grant.

Fourth Wall Films is an Emmy® award-winning independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.  Fourth Wall Films focuses on telling Midwestern stories through historical documentary films that reach viewers via PBS broadcasts, theaters, film festivals, national DVD release and online streaming.

Other award-winning Fourth Wall Films titles include Country School: One Room - One NationGood Earth: Awakening the Silent CityThe Barn Raisers, Letters Home to Hero Street (with WQPT-PBS)River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6, Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg (with McMarr, LTD.)Villisca: Living with a Mystery, Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City, The Amish Incident, and the Lost Nation: The Ioway film series. All are available on DVD HERE!


"Sons & Daughters of Thunder" Opens Over the Rhine Film Festival at Harriet Beecher Stowe House July 8

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The award-winning and 2020 Mid-America Emmy nominated Sons & Daughters of Thunder will screen at the Over the Rhine Film Festival in Cincinnati at 5PM (ET) on July 8th, opening night of the three-day film showcase.

The festival committee arranged for the film to screen in the historic Harriet Beecher Stowe House, 2950 Gilbert Avenue and filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films will participate in Q&A after the presentation.

Seating is limited. Visit https://thirdrow.live/otrff/ for ticket information. 

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Based on the play by Earlene Hawley and Curtis Heeter, the film tells the unforgettable true story of the first-in-the-nation 1834 emancipation debates led by firebrand abolitionist Theodore Weld (Thomas Alan Taylor) in Cincinnati, Ohio, and their effect on a young Harriet Beecher Stowe’s (Jessica Taylor) views of slavery.

The film was co-produced by Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films and Kent Hawley, and Executive Producer Kimberly Kurtenbach. Award-winning cinematographer Kevin Railsback served as the Director of Photography. The original score was created by award-winning composer William Cambell and it received a 2020 Mid-America Emmy. nommination.

Sons & Daughters of Thunder was partially funded by a grant from the Quad City Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, with support from Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe HouseWalnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, and the Bix Biederbecke InnThe Moline Foundation and the Shell Rock Community Historical Society served as the fiscal sponsors on the film project.  The film is co-produced by Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films and Kent Hawley. Kimberly Kurtenbach is the Executive Producer of the film.

Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films are the producers of multiple award-winning historical documentaries and the Mid-America Emmy® nominated documentaries Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City, Country School: One Room – One Nation, River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6 and Letters Home to Hero Street (co-produced with WQPT). 

To order any of Fourth Wall Films documentaries or film projects on DVD or view them via streaming, visit SHOP FOURTH WALL FILMS.


Emmy-nominated Documentary Now Available to Purchase on DVD!

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The Mid-America Emmy® nominated documentary Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe, produced by filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, is now available on DVD!

The Story

Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe tells the story of the writer’s life in Cincinnati, Ohio and how a series of life-changing experiences contributed to her best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Beecher-Stowe lived in Cincinnati between 1832 and 1850, and just after her move back east to Maine, she adapted her Ohio observations into America's most influential novel.

Historic sites depicted in the film include the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati, the John Rankin House in Ripley, Ohio, the Marshall Key House in Old Washington, Kentucky, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and the General Harrison Canal Boat at the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency in Piqua, Ohio.

As Joan Hedrick says in the film, "When Harriet came to Cincinnati she was a New Englander. When she left, she was an American."

Special Features

Extended Interview Comments

Filmmakers' Commentary

Film Series Teasers & Trailers

English Subtitles for Hearing Impaired

$25 with FREE U.S. MEDIA SHIPPING (Additional shipping fees will apply for International orders.)

To order the DVD CLICK HERE!


New Emmy-nominated Harriet Beecher Stowe Documentary to Screen on Feb. 18

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By Jonathan Turner

Entertainment Reporter, QuadCities.com

Harriet Beecher Stowe was a small, quiet woman who wielded a towering, thunderous literary voice that helped change the conscience and course of a nation.

Barely five feet tall, Stowe (1811-1896) is just 23 in the award-winning docudrama “Sons & Daughters of Thunder (2019) by Moline-based filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films.

A half-hour companion documentary, “Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe,” premiered last February on WQPT-PBS, and will be presented online by the Bettendorf Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., in honor of Black History Month.

A Q&A with the film producers and Christina Hartlieb (executive director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati, Ohio) will follow the film via Fourth Wall Films’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Fourth-Wall-Films-173844695995934

Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe tells the little-known story of the famous writer’s life in Cincinnati, and how those life-changing experiences contributed to her best-selling novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (1852). Stowe lived in Cincinnati between 1832 and 1850, and just after her move to Maine, she adapted her moving observations and anti-slavery sentiment into America’s most influential novel.

The documentary features writers, historians and storytellers — including Joan Hedrick, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life.”

“The Cincinnati years, I think, profoundly affected her,” Hedrick says in the new film. “Her early marriage, her early motherhood – I think it was hard for her to leave that sacred ground. When she moved there, she was a New Englander, but when she went back East 18 years later, she was an American.”

Read the rest of Jonathan Turner's in-depth QuadCities.com story HERE!


“Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe” Screening & Discussion presented online Feb 18

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The new Mid-America Emmy® nominated documentary Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe produced by Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films,will be presented online by the Bettendorf Public Library on Thursday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. during Black History Month. 

A Q&A with the film producers will follow the 30-minute film via Fourth Wall Films' Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Fourth-Wall-Films-173844695995934(See the event instructions at the end of this post.)

Registration is required at http://events.bettendorflibrary.com/event/4780047 

Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe tells the story of the famous writer’s life in Cincinnati, Ohio and how those life-changing experiences contributed to her best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Beecher-Stowe lived in Cincinnati between 1832 and 1850, and just after her move to Maine, she adapted her life-changing experiences and anti-slavery sentiment into America’s most influential novel.

The documentary features writers, historians and storytellers including Joan Hedrick, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life”.

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Clips from Fourth Wall Films’ award-winning and Emmy-nominated docudrama Sons & Daughters of Thunder are included in the documentary and feature acclaimed actors, including Jessica Taylor as a young Harriet Beecher. Dee Canfield is the voice of elder Harriet Beecher Stowe in the documentary.  A number of historical sites appear in the film, including the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and Rankin House in Cincinnati, Ohio among others.

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Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe was partially funded by a grant from the Ohio Humanities, a State affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Producers Kelly and Tammy Rundle are the owners of Fourth Wall Films, an award-winning and Regional Emmy-nominated independent film production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.

The Rundles have received eight Mid-America Emmy® nominations for their documentaries Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City, River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6, Country School: One Room - One Nation, River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6, and Letters Home to Hero and their docudrama Sons & Daughters of Thunder. Visit FourthWallFilms.com for more information.

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EVENT SCREENING INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Register to attend the event at http://events.bettendorflibrary.com/event/4780047 

2.  On Thursday, Feb. 18th at 2 p.m., go to the Fourth Wall Films Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Fourth-Wall-Films-173844695995934

3.  At 2 p.m. CLICK ON the Facebook LIVE Premiere to view the 30-minute film.

4.  When the film is finished (all the way to the end of the credits), return to the Fourth Wall Films Facebook page.

5.  CLICK ON on the Facebook LIVE video to tune into the Q&A with the film producers. You will be able to type in your questions in the comments.

Note:  If the presentation freezes up for any reason (it is rare, but sometimes such things can happen), simply REFRESH the Fourth Wall Films' Facebook page. 


WGTE-Toledo PBS airs "Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe" Dec. 13th

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Great news! The new Emmy-nominated documentary Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe, produced by Fourth Wall Films, will air on Ohio's WGTE-PBS Toledo, Sunday, December 13th at 11:30 a.m. Do spread the word!

Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe tells the story of the writer’s life in Cincinnati, Ohio and how these life-changing experiences contributed to her best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Beecher-Stowe lived in Cincinnati between 1832 and 1850, and just after her move to Maine, she adapted her Ohio experiences and anti-slavery sentiment into America’s most influential novel. Kelly Rundle will direct the documentary film.

Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe is partially funded by a grant from the Ohio Humanities, a State affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed by the film do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Ohio Humanities.

Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe is slated for release on DVD in January 2021. Pre-order the DVD at HarrietBeecherStoweMovie.com.