WGTE-PBS to air "Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe" in July

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Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe
, a new documentary by Mid-America Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, is slated to air on Toledo, Ohio's WGTE Public Media in July.  The date and time will be announced soon.

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.

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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.

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® 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.

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 at http://fourthwallfilms.com/shop.html.


Black Hawk College's presentation Cancelled until September

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The Black Hawk College's Lifelong Learner Lunch presentation of Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe  on Thursday, March 12 has been cancelled. The event will be rescheduled in September.

A statement was posted by the Black Hawk College:

Black Hawk College will be following the recommendations made by the CDC regarding the avoidance of events or situations where there are a large number of people present especially if the group is over 60 and may have underlying health conditions.  Because of that the lifelong learner lunch on Harriet Beecher Stowe that is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, March 12th) has been cancelled. 

The September rescheduled event will be posted here once arrangements are confirmed.

Black Hawk College Lifelong Learner Lunches are designed for anyone 55 years or better, but all adult learners are welcome.

Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE), Black Hawk College,301 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline, IL, 309-796-8254.

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.

Other award-winning Fourth Wall Films productions include Sons & Daughters of Thunder, 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,  The Amish Incident, and the Lost Nation: The Ioway film series.


Black Hawk College's presentation of "Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe" fills to capacity

DSC_1061Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe director Kelly Rundle during a previous Black Hawk College sold out presentation of the Rundles' Emmy-nominated Country School: One Room - One Nation.

Pre-registration for Black Hawk College's special presentation of Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe filled to capacity before its March 4th deadline.  The new documentary by award-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films tells the story of the writer’s life in Cincinnati, Ohio and how life-changing experiences contributed to her best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Beecher Stowe lived in Cincinnati between 1832 and 1850. After her move to Maine, she adapted her Midwestern experiences and anti-slavery sentiment into America’s most influential novel.

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.

The screening event and luncheon will be held on Thursday, March 12 at 11:30AM at the Botanical Center in Rock Island, Illinois.  

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Black Hawk College Lifelong Learner Lunches are designed for anyone 55 years or better, but all adult learners are welcome.

Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE), Black Hawk College, 301 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline, IL, 309-796-8254.

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.

Other award-winning Fourth Wall Films productions include Sons & Daughters of Thunder, 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,  The Amish Incident, and the Lost Nation: The Ioway film series.


New Documentary on Harriet Beecher Stowe's Transformative Ohio Years airs on WQPT-PBS

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Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe
, a new documentary by Mid-America Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, will air on WQPT February 9 at 9:30 p.m. The 30-minute film includes scenes from the Rundles’ docudrama Sons & Daughters of Thunder featuring Jessica Taylor as Harriet Beecher Stowe, and numerous other acclaimed actors from the Quad Cities region.

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.

“We are very pleased that Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe will have its broadcast premiere on WQPT during Black History Month,” said producer Tammy Rundle.

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.

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.

The Rundles’ docudrama Sons & Daughters of Thunder, which tells the unforgettable true story of the awakening of Harriet Beecher Stowe to the horrors of slavery, and the beginning of the end of slavery in America, will air on WQPT at 8:00 p.m., followed by Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe.

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.

Other award-winning Fourth Wall Films productions include Country School: One Room - One Nation, Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City, The 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.


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New Documentary on Harriet Beecher Stowe's Ohio Years Previews at Xavier’s Kennedy Auditorium September 21

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Harriet Beecher Stowe and her father Lyman Beecher.

Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe
, a new documentary by Mid-America Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, will be presented at Xavier University as part of a special Ohio Humanities sneak preview. The program is free to the public and will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019, 2PM-3:30PM in Xavier’s Kennedy Auditorium, located in the Michael J. Conaton Learning Commons, 3725 Ledgewood Dr. in Cincinnati. The 30-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers, and film participants Dr. Christine Anderson, Dr. John Douglass, Dr. John Getz, Dr. Michelle Taylor Watts and historian Chris DeSimio.  The program is co-sponsored by the Xavier English Department, the Xavier History Department, and Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House. 

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

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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.

 “We are very pleased to sneak preview Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe at Xavier University, which is not far from the historic Harriet Beecher Stowe House where Harriet and Calvin Stowe likely married, and where their twin daughters Eliza and Harriet were born,” said producer Tammy Rundle.  “We encourage people to tour the home prior to the afternoon program.”

The Rundles previously received an Ohio Humanities grant for their award-winning historical documentary film The Barn Raisers. Other award-winning Fourth Wall Films productions include Country School: One Room - One Nation, Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City, Letters Home to Hero Street (with WQPT-PBS), 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. The Rundles are also the filmmakers behind the 1834 Cincinnati Lane Rebels docudrama Sons & Daughters of Thunder. The Garfield Theater hosted the sold-out Cincinnati premiere of Thunder in March 2019.

The Ohio Humanities (OH) is a state-affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The mission of Ohio Humanities is to help individuals and communities explore, share, and to be inspired by the human experience. OH is committed to creating vibrant communities throughout the state of Ohio. 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.

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Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House (FOHBSH) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2006, and is committed to assuring that the place and importance of the Lane Theological Seminary and the Beecher and Stowe families is perpetuated and shared. It encompasses ideas of abolition, as well as civil rights and women’s rights.  The organization accomplishes this through tours of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Cincinnati, lectures and discussions, and educational outreach programs for the community, teachers and students of all ages.

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.


Save the date! Ohio Humanities " Sneak Preview of "Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe" Sept. 21

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We are pleased to announce that the Ohio Humanities Sneak Preview of Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe will be held at Xavier University's Kennedy Auditorium (located in the Michael J. Conaton Learning Commons), 3725 Ledgewood Dr. in Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, September 21, 2019, 2PM-3:30PM.  The 30-minute documentary film will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films and other film participants.  The program is free to the public and co-sponsored by the Xavier University English Department and the History Department. 
 
"We are very grateful to Dr. John Getz for arranging this special Ohio Humanities sneak preview at Xavier, and to the co-sponsors of this film event," said producer Tammy Rundle.  "Xavier University is just five minutes from the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and will provide a great opportunity for audience members to visit the historic site and learn more about Harriet before the program."
 
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Becoming Harriet Beecher Stowe
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a new documentary by award-winning and Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle, 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.
 
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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.  The historical documentary film project's fiscal sponsor is Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.
 
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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.

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

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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!