Production continued on the new Fourth Wall Films documentary Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years (working title). Filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle and production assistant Melinda Carriker toured the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati, Ohio and met with one of the key scholars for the project. Dr. John Getz, Xavier University Professor Emeritus of American Literature, sat for an in-depth interview about Stowe, her life and experiences in Cincinnati and her writing.
Production assistant Melinda Carriker and filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle during production in Cincinnati.
Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years will tell the story of the writer’s life in Cincinnati, Ohio and how these life-changing experiences contributed to Harriet's 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.
Additional interviews with key scholars on the project will take place in July, as well as the filming of historic locations and the gathering of other footage in Ohio and Kentucky for the documentary project. Production will wrap in early August.
Through the project's fiscal sponsor, Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House (FOHBSH), Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years received a grant from the Ohio Humanities (OH), a State affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities for production and post-production work. An Ohio Humanities sneak preview of the film will take place this fall.
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.
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