Iowa Motion Picture Association gives “Remembering Forest Grove” Museum Film Top Award of Excellence

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"Remembering Forest Grove”, a museum film produced by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, received the top Award of Excellence from the Iowa Motion Picture Association in the Education category on Saturday evening, May 14. The 10-minute film highlights the history of education in the nation, one-room schools in Iowa, on-camera interviews with former teachers and students of Forest Grove School No. 5, and concludes with a visual summary of the successful seven-year restoration spearheaded by a group of local dedicated volunteers.

Forest Grove School was built in 1873 and closed in 1957. Restoration began in 2012 and was completed in 2019. Forest Grove School No. 5 is refurbished to its 1920s appearance and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“We’re grateful for this award that recognizes the creative quality of the film and the importance of this inspiring Quad Cities’ historic preservation project,” said director Kelly Rundle. The Rundles also won the IMPA Award of Excellence in the Education category for their documentary “Over and Under: Wildlife Crossings" in 2021.

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The newly restored schoolhouse is open for tours on Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to noon, and Thursdays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Docents guide tours through the one-room school’s fun exhibits and share details about the country school experience throughout the summer.

“Remembering Forest Grove” is available to view exclusively at the schoolhouse. Multiple shorter films about farming, history, and former students and teachers of Forest Grove School, are also accessible via an interactive kiosk in the museum.

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Forest Grove School No. 5 is located at 24040 Forest Grove Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa. For more information about Forest Grove School No. 5, visit ForestGroveSchool.org.

Kelly and Tammy Rundle are the owners of Fourth Wall Films, a multi-award-winning and Mid-America Emmy award-winning independent film and video production company based in the Quad Cities. They are currently in post-production on the feature-length documentary "Resurrecting Forest Grove" which will premiere in the fall of 2023 for Forest Grove School No. 5's Sesquicentennial Celebration. Visit FourthWallFilms.com for more information.


"Remembering Forest Grove" Short Documentary Nominated for Iowa Motion Picture Award

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We are pleased to announce that "Remembering Forest Grove" has been nominated for an Iowa Motion Picture Award! The short documentary was produced by Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films for Forest Grove School Preservation and is only available to view in the schoolhouse museum located at 24040 Forest Grove Dr, Bettendorf, Iowa. Visit https://forestgroveschool.org/ for museum hours and more information. 

The Iowa Motion Picture Awards recognize outstanding creative and technical achievement in Iowa’s moving image production industry, in all its forms -- in 22 program categories and 25 craft categories. Nominated entries and winners will be recognized at the Iowa Motion Picture Awards Gala Ceremony on May 14 at The Bridgeview Center in Ottumwa, Iowa. Visit IMPA for more details. 

Fourth Wall Films’ Kelly Rundle & Tammy Rundle have been producing, writing, directing and editing documentaries and other media projects for over 25 years. The Rundles are Emmy® Award winners, and the recipients of  8 Mid-America Emmy® nominations, more than two dozen film festival awards, Telly awards, humanities media grant awards, and dozens of film festival Official Selections.

The Rundles are currently in post-production on a feature length documentary, Resurrecting Forest Grove, which cinematically tells the dramatic true story behind the seemingly-impossible task of restoring the vintage one-room school to its 1920s appearance. In 2012, a small group of preservationists stood before the hollowed-out shell of the unique and historic 1873 Forest Grove School No. 5. In the shadow of the gray, windowless, sagging structure they decided it could, and should, be saved. Footage and interviews gathered over a seven-year period depict the problems they faced and the solutions they employed as they attempted to bring this rural icon back to life. The surprises and successes of this challenging restoration project are intercut with a vivid historical portrait of the 'Roaring 20s' in rural America.

Resurrecting Forest Grove is partially funded by a grant from Humanities Iowa, and the The National Endowment for the Humanities. The fiscal sponsor for the documentary project is Truth First Film Alliance, Inc. 

Click HERE to learn how to contribute to the documentary film project and add your name to the credits.

Resurrecting Forest Grove is slated for release in 2023 for the 150th anniversary of the school!


April is "Resurrecting Forest Grove" Fundraising Campaign Month!

April is Fundraising Campaign Month for Resurrecting Forest Grove, the new feature documentary by Emmy award-winning Fourth Wall Films.

Watch the brief video below. Then CLICK HERE for details on how you can contribute to the documentary project &

have your donation DOUBLED by a special MYSTERY CASH MATCH.

Thank you very much for your support!

 


Emmy-winning Moline filmmakers to present “Resurrecting Forest Grove” update on Dec. 28

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Emmy 1Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films show off their first Mid-America Emmy award.

The one-hour Humanities Iowa program — “Resurrecting Forest Grove, Or the Impossible & Improbable Restoration of a Roaring ‘20s Country School” — will include a Q&A with the Rundles, Iowa historian Leo Landis, and Forest Grove preservationist Sharon Andresen. Viewers can attend the event via Fourth Wall Films’ Facebook page.

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Emmy-winning Filmmakers present excerpts and host discussion for new “Resurrecting Forest Grove” documentary Dec. 28

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Mid-America Emmy® award-winning filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films in Moline will preview excerpts from their new documentary “Resurrecting Forest Grove” during a free online Humanities Iowa presentation Tuesday, December 28 at 6:30 p.m. The one-hour program, “Resurrecting Forest Grove, Or the Impossible & Improbable Restoration of a Roaring ‘20s Country School”, will include a Q&A with the Rundles, Iowa historian Leo Landis, and Forest Grove preservationist Sharon Andresen. Viewers can attend the event via Fourth Wall Films’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Fourth-Wall-Films-173844695995934.

The Rundles first visited Forest Grove School in Bettendorf, Iowa in 2009 while filming snow scenes for their Mid-America Emmy® nominated historical documentary Country School: One Room – One Nation. The school appeared to be on the brink of collapse and unrestorable. In 2012, a small group of local preservationists, coordinated by Andresen, decided the 1873 Forest Grove School No. 5 could, and should, be saved.

Resurrecting Forest Grove will cinematically tell the dramatic true story behind the seemingly-impossible task of restoring the vintage one-room school to its 1920s appearance. Footage and interviews gathered over a ten-year period will depict the problems they faced and the solutions they employed as they attempted to bring this rural icon back to life. The surprises and successes of this challenging restoration project are intercut with a vivid historical portrait of the 'Roaring 20s' in rural America.

"It has been an exciting experience to watch and document the ‘resurrection’ of Forest Grove over the past seven years,” said producer Tammy Rundle. “It took a dedicated and hard-working group of visionaries to bring the school back to life. It is an inspirational story that will make you think twice about saying, ‘It can’t be done.’"

Resurrecting Forest Grove received partial funding from Humanities Iowa and is slated for release in 2022.

For more information about the new documentary, visit www.ForestGroveMovie.com and the film's Facebook fan page.

Fourth Wall Films is an Emmy award-winning independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.


Fundraising for Final Work on "Resurrecting Forest Grove" Film

JOIN THE JOURNEY AND SUPPORT RESURRECTING FOREST GROVE

We are in the final phase of post-production (editing) on our new Fourth Wall Films documentary feature film Resurrecting Forest Grove and could not be more excited! Now the REAL fun begins as we start selecting from all of the footage gathered over the last eight years and edit the story of Forest Grove School No. 5's history and rebirth.

We are once again in FUNdraising mode. The Film-Fundraising Campaign goal is $3,500 and we sure could use your help!

We accept donations of all levels, starting at $5!  Your contribution will fund a portion of the cost of the post-production phase of Resurrecting Forest Grove. 

How to contribute and the cool "perks"offered, details about the film project and campaign updates can be found by clicking HERE.

Thank you for considering supporting "Resurrecting Forest Grove"!  We are very grateful to all of our generous contributors and sponsors!


Playing at Forest Grove School No. 5

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You are never too old to swing!

Filmmaker Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films joined his parents Ken and Arlene on the swings at Forest Grove School No. 5 after a wonderful tour of the historic site. They viewed the short museum film, Remembering Forest Grove, reminisced about their own country school memories, rang the school bell, and then PLAYED! If the Giant Stride had not been locked down, it is possible they would have given it a whirl.

Do like the Rundles. Tour Forest Grove School! See the film! Ring the bell! Play on the swings! Saturdays 9A-11:30A. Free to the young and young at heart. ❤

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Forest Grove School No. 5 Now Open for Tours

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The newly restored 1873 Forest Grove School No. 5 opens its doors to the public for Saturday morning tours beginning May 22 from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The one-room school is located at 24040 Forest Grove Drive, Bettendorf, Iowa and is FREE to visitors of all ages, with donations welcome.
Docents will guide visitors through the one-room school’s fun exhibits and share details about the country school experience. A newly installed kiosk allows guests to view the short museum film “Remembering Forest Grove” by award-winning filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films. The 10-minute documentary gives a quick overview of the history of one-room schools in Iowa, the people who attended Forest Grove No. 5, and a look at the actual restoration work that took place at the schoolhouse over a seven-year period.
Multiple shorter films about farming, history, and former students and teachers of Forest Grove School, are also accessible by using an interactive touchscreen on the kiosk.
Forest Grove School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Forest Grove School Preservation is a 501©3 charitable organization dedicated to preserving and telling the history of rural education through the historic rehabilitation of Forest Grove Schoolhouse No. 5. Visit ForestGroveSchool.org for more information

Forest Grove Museum Film Special Screening for Donors

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Tammy and I were thrilled to present a special sneak preview of the new 10-minute museum film "Remembering Forest Grove" to an exclusive group of donors who funded the documentary project. It was a wonderful evening and our gratitude to these extremely generous contributors is beyond measure. 

The film will screen during tours in Forest Grove School No. 5's new interactive kiosk. Viewers will also have the opportunity to watch other short clips about farming, history, and former students and teachers of Forest Grove School.

Forest Grove School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Forest Grove School Preservation is a 501©3 charitable organization dedicated to preserving and telling the history of rural education through the historic rehabilitation of Forest Grove Schoolhouse No. 5. Visit ForestGroveSchool.org for more information. 

We feel so fortunate to have been part of this amazing project since 2012! We encourage the young and young at heart to take a tour of this beautifully restored historic schoolhouse. Tours are available on Saturdays 9-11:30 a.m. Free admission. Donations are welcome.

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Fourth Wall Films is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.

 


Forest Grove No. 5 story featured on Paul Sands Live May 4th

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KWQC-6's Paula Sands Live! will have guests Kelly Rundle from Fourth Wall Films, and Sharon Andresen, Project Coordinator for Forest Grove School Preservation, on the show Tuesday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m. to  talk with Paula about the 7+ years of restoration work on Forest Grove No. 5, the official opening to the public later this month, and the new 10-minute museum film produced by the Rundles which debuts at the schoolhouse May 22.
 
Paula Sands Live! is featured weekdays on KWQC TV6 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
"Five very generous donors made the museum film "Remembering Forest Grove" possible," said producer Kelly Rundle.  "We are grateful to each of them and excited to share the film with them and with the public May 22 at Forest Grove School."
 
The historic 1873 schoolhouse features fun exhibits, docent tours, an interactive film viewing, and plenty of history. Forest Grove School No. 5 will officially open to the public  Saturdays 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. beginning May 22, 2021. Admission is free for all ages. Donations are welcomed!
 
IMG_20200724_143228480 adjKelly & Tammy Rundle, Fourth Wall Films, shoot interior footage at Forest Grove No. 5.

The Rundles are also working on a feature-length documentary entitled Resurrecting Forest Grove. The film will cinematically tell the dramatic true story behind the seemingly-impossible task of restoring a vintage one-room school to its 1920s appearance. Footage and interviews gathered over a seven-year period depict the problems they faced and the solutions they employed as they attempted to bring this rural icon back to life. The surprises and successes of this challenging restoration project are intercut with a vivid historical portrait of the 'Roaring 20s' in rural America.
 
Resurrecting Forest Grove is partially funded by a grant from Humanities Iowa, and the The National Endowment for the Humanities. The fiscal sponsor for the documentary project is The Moline Foundation. Resurrecting Forest Grove is slated for release in early 2022.
 
Fourth Wall Films is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.

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Here is how you can help support work on the documentary project, RESURRECTING FOREST GROVE:

To contribute, check out the cool "perks"offered, read up on details about the film project and campaign updates, click HEREWe accept donations of all levels, starting at $5!  

Thank you for considering supporting Resurrecting Forest Grove!  We are very grateful to all of our generous Sponsors & Supporters!