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September 2018

"Harriet Beecher Stowe" Filmmakers Receive Emmy-nomination for New Film

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Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years
 producers Kelly and Tammy Rundle, of Fourth Wall Films, have received a Mid-America Emmy® nomination for their new documentary Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City. This is the Rundles' fourth Regional Emmy® nomination. 

The Moline, Illinois-based independent production company successfully competed with 42 proposals by 36 other media production companies nationwide to win a contract to produce "Good Earth" for the visitors center at South Dakota's newest State Park, Good Earth at Blood Run.

Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City tells the fascinating and forgotten story of the Blood Run National Historic Landmark as told by a Native American grandfather to his grandchildren. Produced in 4K, the documentary combines vivid present-day views of the park's scenic vistas and wildlife with dramatic historical reenactments portraying daily life in the year 1650. 

The Good Earth site in Iowa and South Dakota was occupied between 1500 and 1725 by ancestors of the present-day Omaha, Ponca, Ioway and Otoe-Missouria tribes, making it one of the oldest long-term habitation sites in the United States.  At its peak around 1650, the site was home to 6,000-10,000 residents--more than Boston (2,000) and New York (New Amsterdam-1,000) in that same year--making It the largest city in what is now the United States.

Good Earth was an important Native trading center for pipestone, bison hides and culture.  The once-vibrant city featured hundreds of lodges, earthen mounds, and a serpent-shaped effigy mound an eighth of a mile long.

 

Fourth Wall Films is an Emmy® nominated and award-winning independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.  The Rundles are the producers of the award-winning The Barn Raisers, Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg (co-produced with McMarr, Ltd.), Lost Nation: The Ioway series, Villisca: Living with a Mystery; the Emmy® nominated Country School: One Room - One Nation, River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6, and Letters Home to Hero Street (co-produced with WQPT); and the soon-to-be released docudrama Sons & Daughters of Thunder.

Through their fiscal sponsor, Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the documentary was partially funded by a grant from the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities.  Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years is slated for release in late 2019. 

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.

To purchase Fourth Wall Films'  award-winning documentaries on DVD, click HERE!


Pulitzer Prize winning author Joan Hedrick interviewed for Harriet Beecher Stowe documentary

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Dr. Joan Hedrick poses for a photo with producer Tammy Rundle following the interview for the documentary.  "It was a complete honor to meet her," said Tammy. "We are very fortunate to have Joan working with us on this important documentary project."

A week after receiving word that their short documentary Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City received a Mid-America Emmy nomination, Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films were on the road making their way to Hartford, Connecticut to begin production on their new documentary Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years (working title).  

Dr. Joan Hedrick, professor emeritus--Trinity College in Hartford and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life, sat for an in-depth on-camera interview for the documentary project.  She shed light on Harriet's eighteen years in Ohio--considered 'the West' in 1832 when Harriet moved to Cincinnati--and the experiences that led to the creation of her magnum opus, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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"The 'West' was the cradle of Harriet Beecher Stowe's career," said Dr. Hedrick.

Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years is slated for release in the fall of 2019.

Fourth Wall Films is an Emmy® nominated and 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.

For more information, visit FourthWallFilms.com.

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