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The Resting Place

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Harriet Beecher Stowe's resting place in Andover, Massachusetts.

It was magic hour, when the shadows are long and the light is at its best.  There was little noise to distract.  Only the birds sang out at Harriet Beecher Stowe's resting place. Engraved on the foot of the monument are the words, Her Children Rise Up and Call Her Blessed.

She died on July 1, 1896 at the age of 85 in her Hartford, Connecticut home and is buried, along with her husband Calvin, in a small and quiet historic cemetery located at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.  Their beloved son, Henry Ellis, who drowned at age 19 in the Connecticut River, is buried near them.

While the majority of production on Fourth Wall Films new documentary Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years (working title) takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio, producers Kelly and Tammy Rundle also filmed on the East Coast where Harriet spent her childhood, girlhood, successful years as a writer, and her final days.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin” had just been published when Harriet Beecher Stowe moved to Andover in 1852, where Calvin was a professor at the Andover Theological Seminary. They made their home there until 1864.

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. 

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. The project's fiscal sponsor is Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House .

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 about Fourth Wall Films, visit FourthWallFilms.com.

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Calvin Stowe's grave is very near Harriet's resting place.


Dr. John Getz Interviewed for "Harriet Beecher Stowe" Documentary

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Filmmakers Tammy & Kelly Rundle interviewed John Getz, Ph.D. at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati.

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.

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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. 

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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.

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Interviewing Dr. John Getz for the documentary.

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 about Fourth Wall Films, visit FourthWallFilms.com.

LIKE our Harriet Beecher Stowe Documentary Facebook page to keep up on all the latest news! 


Production Continues in Cincinnati March 23-24

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Kelly Rundle films at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House during the Rundles' first visit to the historic site in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Cincinnati will be the location for more production on the new documentary Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years (working title).  Filming interviews with several key scholars on the project will take place during the weekend of March 23-25th, with additional filming for the documentary slated in Cincinnati in June.

Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle will also appear with their new narrative film Sons & Daughters of Thunder at the Garfield Theatre, 719 Race Street in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, March 23rd.  Several of the film's actors will join the Rundles for a "Talkback" following the film.  The event is sponsored by Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.  Advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased online at http://www.cincyworldcinema.org/.  The docudrama tells the true story of the 1834 Cincinnati, Ohio Lane Theological Seminary anti-slavery debates.  The controversial meetings, led by abolitionist and firebrand Theodore Weld (played by acclaimed stage actor Thomas Alan Taylor), were the first to publicly discuss the end of slavery in America.  The meetings angered Cincinnati residents and Lane Seminary officials, who promptly slapped a gag order on the entire student body.  This action was followed by a freedom of speech protest and mass exodus of Lane students to Oberlin College.  A young Harriet Beecher’s (played by acclaimed stage actress Jess Taylor) exposure to the debates and Weld's continuing work to free the slaves sparked a flame that led her to write her magnum opus Uncle Tom's Cabin.  Sons & Daughters of Thunder is based on a play by Earlene Hawley and Curtis Heeter. 

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The poster art for Sons & Daughters of Thunder, premiering in Cincinnati on March 23 at the Garfield Theatre.

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. 

Through the project's fiscal sponsor, Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House (FOHBSH), Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years was awarded a grant from the Ohio Humanities (OH), a State affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities.  

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.

LIKE our Harriet Beecher Stowe Documentary Facebook page to keep up on all the latest news! 


"Harriet Beecher Stowe" documentary takes filmmakers to Litchfield

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The First Congregational Church in Litchfield, CT was founded in 1721. The original meeting house was built in 1723.  Reverend Lyman Beecher served as minister from 1810 until 1826 preaching Calvanism. The current church building was built on site in 1829, three years after Lyman moved his family to Boston.

Fourth Wall Films' Kelly and Tammy Rundle visited the charming town of Harriet Beecher Stowe's birthplace, Litchfield, Connecticut and captured footage for their new documentary Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years.

Harriet Elisabeth Beecher was born in Litchfield on June 14, 1811 to Reverend Lyman Beecher and his wife, Roxana Foote Beecher.  Harriet was the seventh of thirteen children born to Lyman.  Roxana died when Harriet was five.

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Lyman Beecher home in Litchfield. (Photo Litchfield Historical Society)

Lyman purchased the North Street house in 1810.  Harriet described the home as a “wide, roomy, windy edifice that seemed to have been built by a succession of afterthoughts.”  The family lived in the house for 16 years.

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Nothing is left of the old Beecher homestead in Litchfield, but a Beecher Street sign.

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The Rundles did research at the Litchfield Historical Society and spent time touring the fascinating museum exhibit.

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Producer Tammy Rundle examines a needle-point artwork on display at the Litchfield Historical Society.

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Director Kelly Rundle finds information on the Beecher family on display at the Litchfield Historical Society.

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. 

Through the project's fiscal sponsor, Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House (FOHBSH), Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years was awarded a grant from the Ohio Humanities (OH), a State affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities.  

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.

LIKE our Harriet Beecher Stowe Documentary Facebook page to keep up on all the latest news! 


Author Philip McFarland Interviewed for Documentary

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Dr. Philip McFarland during his interview for the documentary with director Kelly Rundle.  

Production continues on the new documentary Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years (working title). 

Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films met with Dr. Philip McFarland, author of the book "Loves of Harriet Beecher Stowe", at his home in Lexington, Massachusetts.  He has written seven non-fiction books (Hawthorne in Concord) and two fictional works.

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Dr. McFarland provided an on-camera interview for the documentary.

Through their fiscal sponsor, Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House (FOHBSH), Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years was awarded a grant from the Ohio Humanities (OH), a State affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities.  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 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 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.

LIKE our Harriet Beecher Stowe Documentary Facebook page to keep up on all the latest news! 


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.

LIKE our Harriet Beecher Stowe Documentary Facebook page to keep up on all the latest news!