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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.

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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 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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Rundles' New Docudrama "Sons & Daughters of Thunder" Premieres March 23 at Garfield Theatre in Cincinnati

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Thomas Alan Taylor plays firebrand Theodore Weld in Sons & Daughters of Thunder.

On this 23rd day of November we honor abolitionist and Lane rebel Theodore Weld's 215th birthday by announcing the Cincinnati Premiere of Sons & Daughters of Thunder is set for Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the downtown Garfield Theatre, 719 Race Street.  The docudrama, produced by Mid-America Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, and Kent Hawley, will screen at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.  A Q&A with the filmmakers and others will follow the movie.

This special Cincinnati premiere event is sponsored by the Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House.

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"We are very excited to show Sons & Daughters of Thunder in the city where the true story took place 185 years ago," said producer Tammy Rundle.  "Attendees of the film premiere will also have the opportunity to visit historic sites in Cincinnati with connections to the story, including the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the last remaining structure on what was Lane Theological Seminary grounds where abolitionist Theodore Weld and his 'Lane Rebels' made history with the first public discussions of the abolition of slavery." 

The Rundles are also working on a new documentary entitled “Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Ohio Years.”  Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House is the fiscal sponsor on the project.  Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was an author best known for her popular anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, who was born and died in Connecticut, but lived in Cincinnati between 1832 and 1850.

"We became aware of Harriet's life in Cincinnati because of our work on Sons & Daughters of Thunder," said director Kelly Rundle.  "We thought, 'Here is an important part of Harriet's life that has not been explored in a documentary.'  We became interested in how the life-changing experiences in Cincinnati contributed to her best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin."
 
Based on a play by Earlene Hawley and Curtis Heeter, Sons & Daughters of Thunder tells the unforgettable true story of the beginning of the end of slavery in America. In 1834, if polite discussions about abolishing slavery were considered inappropriate among Americans in Northern states, then eighteen days of public student-sponsored debates on the divisive subject at Lane Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio (a border community) were scandalous. Organized by Theodore Weld, one of the architects of the abolitionist movement, the shocking oratory sparked intense controversy and awakened a young Harriet Beecher (Stowe) to the realities of slavery.

Fourth Wall Films is an award-winning and Regional Emmy® nominated independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in the Quad Cities.

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