NEW "Resurrecting Forest Grove" DVD release is February 28

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"Illuminating Forest Grove film shows power of community... 
I love the inspiring tagline of the new movie (“A Death. A Vision. A Miracle.”) and the profoundly inspirational message of the film – that iconic old buildings that play a central role in society are worth saving and that a community that bands together for that common goal can realize their dreams," wrote Jonathan Turner, Entertainment Reporter, WHBF-TV4.

Resurrecting Forest Grove DVD pre-orders will ship on February 28th

The New DVD Features:

  • The documentary "Resurrecting Forest Grove" (58 minutes)
  • Additional Interview Comments & Scenes
  • Optional Filmmaker Commentary Soundtrack
  • Resurrecting Forest Grove Premiere Gallery
  • Optional ENGLISH subtitles for the hearing impaired.
  • And more!

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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. Resurrecting Forest Grove, a new documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, cinematically tells 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.

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You can pre-order the "Resurrecting Forest Grove" DVD today and save! (The regular price will increase to $26.99 plus shipping AFTER February 29, 2024.)

The special pre-order price is $25 - Includes FREE Media Mail Shipping (ships on February 28th).

To pay by check/money order, make payable to "Fourth Wall Films" and mail to:

Fourth Wall Films
POB 702
Moline, IL 61266

Illinois residents must include sales tax (8.5 %). Total: $27.06

THANK YOU for suporting our on-going historical documentary film work with your purchase!


Forest Grove film to screen in Bettendorf

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By WHBF-TV4:

Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Moline-based Fourth Wall Films will screen their new documentary “Resurrecting Forest Grove” on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 1:30 p.m. at Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive.

A Q&A with the Emmy award-winning filmmakers will follow the 58-minute film.

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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 Bettendorf, Iowa and decided it could, and should, be saved.

“Resurrecting Forest Grove” cinematically tells 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 decade depict the problems they faced and the solutions they employed as they attempted to bring this decaying rural icon back to life.

Read the rest of the WHBF story by Jonathan Turner HERE!

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PRE-ORDER the new "Resurrecting Forest Grove" DVD at ForestGroveMovie.com and save! The DVD will be released and shipped in February 2024!

THANK YOU for supporting our ongoing American history film work through your purchase! https://fourthwallfilms.com/

 


Bettendorf Library Kicks off New Year with Screening of "Resurrecting Forest Grove" Jan. 18

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The new crowd-pleasing documentary “Resurrecting Forest Grove” produced by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films will kick off New Year programming at the Bettendorf Public Library on Thursday, January 18, 1:30 p.m.  A Q&A with the Emmy award-winning filmmakers will follow the 58-minute film. The Bettendorf Public Library is located at 2950 Learning Campus Dr, Bettendorf, Iowa.  Seating is limited.

"This is a Bettendorf story and we can't think of a better place in Bettendorf to showcase "Resurrecting Forest Grove" that the Bettendorf Public Library, said director-writer Kelly Rundle.

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The Rundles first visited Forest Grove School in Bettendorf, Iowa in 2009 while filming the decaying school in a blizzard for their Emmy-nominated historical documentary Country School: One Room – One Nation. The school appeared to be on the brink of collapse. 

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In 2012, a small group of preservationists stood before the hollowed-out shell of the unique and historic 1873 Forest Grove School No. 5 and decided it could, and should, be saved.

“Resurrecting Forest Grove” cinematically tells 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 decade depict the problems they faced and the solutions they employed as they attempted to bring this decaying 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.

The 10-year restoration project was featured in Historic Preservation’s “Preservation” magazine. Forest Grove School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Forest Grove School No. 5 received official designation as a Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) Site.

The documentary premiered on the Giant Screen at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa on September 23rd for the historic school's 150th Anniversary celebration. The event sold out. "Resurrecting Forest Grove" will be released on DVD in February 2024, visit ForestGroveMovie.com to PRE-ORDER the DVD. The film will screen at special events and film festivals in 2024, with PBS broadcasts to be announced.

Forest Grove School No. 5 is located at 24040 Forest Grove Dr. in Bettendorf and is open Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. during the summer, or by appointment. For more information, visit www.ForestGroveSchool.org.

“Resurrecting Forest Grove” was partially funded by grants from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Moline Foundation. For more information about the new documentary, visit www.ForestGroveMovie.com.

Fourth Wall Films is a four-time Emmy award-winning independent media production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.


History and Mystery - the Perfect Gift for the Holidays

#ShopSmall for Movies That Matter from Kelly Rundle on Vimeo.

It's that time of the year! Don't forget Fourth Wall Films' award-winning and Emmy nominated films make the perfect gift for your loved one this holiday season. As always, we offer FREE shipping, and FREE gift wrap and gift message/signed DVD upon request for a memorable and personalized gift.

THANK YOU for supporting our ongoing American history film work through your Holiday purchase! https://fourthwallfilms.com/

And, for those interested in PRE-ORDERING the new "Resurrecting Forest Grove" DVD, visit ForestGroveMovie.com and save! The DVD will be released and shipped in February 2024!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


Pre-order the "Resurrecting Forest Grove" DVD and Save!

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Ever since the wonderful premiere of "Resurrecting Forest Grove" at the Putnam, requests to pre-order the DVD have been rolling in. The film was an over-whelming crowd pleaser!

Jonathan Turner, Entertainment Reporter, WHBF-TV4 wrote: "Illuminating Forest Grove film shows power of community... I love the inspiring tagline of the new movie (“A Death. A Vision. A Miracle.”) and the profoundly inspirational message of the film – that iconic old buildings that play a central role in society are worth saving and that a community that bands together for that common goal can realize their dreams."

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.

Resurrecting Forest Grove, a new documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, cinematically tells 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.

You can pre-order the "Resurrecting Forest Grove" DVD today for FEBRUARY 2024 delivery, and save! The regular price will increase to $26.99 plus shipping by December 1.

DVD CONTENT & FEATURES

  • "Resurrecting Forest Grove" (58 minutes)
  • Addtional Interview Comments & Scenes
  • Optional Filmmaker Commentary Soundtrack
  • Optional ENGLISH subtitles for the hearing impaired.
  • Fourth Wall Films Trailers & Teasers

The special pre-order price is $25 - Includes FREE Media Mail Shipping

To pay by check/money order, make payable to "Fourth Wall Films" and mail to:

Fourth Wall Films
POB 702
Moline, IL 61266

Illinois residents must include sales tax (8.5 %). Total: $27.06

THANK YOU for suporting our on-going historical documentary film work with your purchase!


Corey Kendrick Trio plays at premiere of "Resurrecting Forest Grove" Sept. 23

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We are pleased to announce that the outstanding Corey Kendrick Trio will be performing for premiere guests at the "Resurrecting Forest Grove" premiere event. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa at 1 p.m. to enjoy their fabulous jazz featuring a few selections from the 'Roaring '20s'!

The 2 p.m. showing of "Resurrecting Forest Grove" is officially SOLD OUT. But, GOOD NEWS! A 5 p.m. encore showing of the film, with Q&A following, has been added.

But don't delay, get your tickets PRONTO at Putnam.org



“Resurrecting Forest Grove” premieres Sept. 23 on Putnam Giant Screen - 2PM Show Sold Out, 5 PM Show added

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In celebration of the 150th anniversary and the decade-long rehabilitation of historic Forest Grove School No. 5, Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Moline-based Fourth Wall Films will premiere their new documentary “Resurrecting Forest Grove” on Saturday, September 23, 2 p.m. (sold out) and 5:00 p.m. on the Giant Screen at the Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th Street, Davenport. A Q&A with the filmmakers and other film participants will follow the documentary. Premiere preshow entertainment begins at 1 p.m. with the Corey Kendrick Jazz Trio in the theater lobby. Advance tickets are strongly recommended at Putnam.org.

The Rundles first visited Forest Grove School in Bettendorf, Iowa in 2009 while filming the decaying school in a blizzard for their Emmy-nominated historical documentary "Country School: One Room – One Nation". The school appeared to be on the brink of collapse.

In 2012, a small group of preservationists stood before the hollowed-out shell of the unique and historic 1873 Forest Grove School No. 5 and decided it could, and should, be saved.

“Resurrecting Forest Grove” cinematically tells 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 decade depict the problems they faced and the solutions they employed as they attempted to bring this decaying 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 No. 5 over the past decade,” 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.’"

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Emmy award-winning filmmakers Tammy & Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films.

Fourth Wall Films is a four-time Emmy award-winning independent media production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.

Forest Grove School Preservation was founded in 2012 and began restoring the weatherboards of the one-room school soon after. With assistance from Cedar Rapids architect Doug Steinmetz, volunteers worked from historic photos to reconstruct the structure’s bell tower, windows and doors, foundation, roof, floors, and signage. The restoration project was featured in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s magazine, “Preservation”, in 2018.

Funds were raised for the restoration effort through community events like pie auctions and trivia nights. Community members provided labor and materials at a discount or no charge, including donations of floorboards and slate chalkboards from three nearby schools, two of which had been demolished. Restoration of Forest Grove School No. 5 was completed in 2019. The schoolhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Forest Grove School No. 5 is located at 24040 Forest Grove Dr, Bettendorf, Iowa and is open Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. during the summer, or by appointment. Appointments are available year-round. For more information, visit www.ForestGroveSchool.org.

“Resurrecting Forest Grove” was partially funded by grants from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Moline Foundation. For more information about the new documentary, visit www.ForestGroveMovie.com.


Remembering Jane Butcher, a beloved Forest Grove School Teacher

DSC_1263Jane Butcher (center) prepares for her film interview with Forest Grove School Preservation's Barbara Blunk Andersen and Sharon Andresen, and Fourth Wall Films filmmaker Tammy Rundle.

Kelly and I at Fourth Wall Films were saddened to learn of the passing of Jane Butcher, a wonderful teacher and human being.

We will always remember Jane warmly and count ourselves very lucky to have had the opportunity to interview her about her one-room teaching experiences at Forest Grove School No. 5. 

Thankfully, Jane's memories live on "Remembering Forest Grove", the Emmy Award-winning short documentary that shows exclusively at Forest Grove School No. 5, and also in "Resurrecting Forest Grove", the new feature-length documentary that will premiere in September for the 150th anniversary of Forest Grove. Jane said she loved Forest Grove School. And, we know she was appreciated and loved by her Forest Grove students.

Our hearts go out to Jane's family and all who loved her. She will indeed be missed.

We include her obituary here.

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Jessie Lee Carolyn "Jane" Butcher
March 20, 1924 — May 20, 2023

Jessie Lee Carolyn “Jane” Butcher, 99, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2023 at Iowa Masonic Nursing Home in Bettendorf, IA where she was a resident in good care since 2015. “Jane” was born in Letts, IA, March 20, 1924, to Benjamin Harrison and Mabel Wagner Westbrook. As one of eight siblings growing up on the Westbrook farm, she attended Iowa Teacher’s College and was a beloved teacher in Muscatine. She married Jack Butcher (Barlow) in 1944. The family moved to the Quad Cities in 1950 where she continued to teach in elementary schools, including Forest Grove Schoolhouse No. 5 from 1956-57. She owned the LeClaire Maid-Rite from 1957-1960.

Jane’s family and friends meant the world to her. Everyone who had the pleasure of enjoying her meals and baked goods pleaded for her secret recipes. Artistically creative, her talents in culinary delights were praised for great taste, special designs and presentation. She was the manager of Jumer’s Castle Lodge Bakery for several years and famous for her cinnamon rolls and fine desserts. She opened Grandma’s Gingerbread House on Kimberly Road, Davenport, and was the driving force in getting the former Slices & Scoops opened in Bettendorf. Jane was a beloved hardworking mother, grandmother, and teacher who also enjoyed having jewelry and home décor parties until retiring and moving to Luther Manor, Bettendorf.

Jane is survived by her daughter, Sherry and son-in-law Joseph McGuigan of FL; grandsons J. L. Westbrook of CA, Shay Humphrey of SC and Wyatt Butcher of AZ; granddaughter Sasha Tyson of FL; daughter-in-law Sarah Butcher of LA, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Jeanetta Westbrook Berkley; brothers Benjamin, Jr.; Frederick; Hartley “Hap”; Robert “Bob”; Donald “Doc”; and Richard “Dick” Westbrook; daughter Shane Humphrey D.C. of Bettendorf; and son Kelly Doc Butcher of LA.

Arrangements are pending at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf. Burial will be in the family cemetery in Grandview, IA. Memorials may be made to Iowa Masonic Health Facilities, Bettendorf, or FC Compassus LLC Davenport Hospice Care. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting her obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com.


Historic Forest Grove School wins national designation from Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area

Forest Grove School built in 1873 and fully restored is now open for tours. (Photo courtesy Jonathan Turner)

Fourth Wall Films is thrilled to see all of the good news surrounding Forest Grove School and its 150th Anniversary celebration this year. Bravo to Forest Grove on the SSNHA designation. We are SO excited about the premiere of "Resurrecting Forest Grove" on the Putnam Giant Screen September 23!

A wonderful story by WHBF's Jonathan Turner ran today, and we include a portion here. You can read the rest by clicking on the WHBF link below.

There’s a new national heritage site in Bettendorf.

The restored Forest Grove School No. 5 (24040 Forest Grove Drive) has received official designation as a Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) Site.

Ranging from dairy farms and museums to vineyards and tractor assembly plants, there are 110 sites and attractions in the heritage area formally designated with preserving and sharing their own unique part of America’s agricultural story, according to a Monday news release.

In celebration of the partnership between SSNHA and Forest Grove School No. 5, a ribbon cutting will take place at the school on June 16 at 11 a.m.

Read the rest of Jonathan Turners' story at WHBF HERE!

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Fourth Wall Films' Kelly and Tammy Rundle won a Mid-America Emmy® award for their short documentary “Remembering Forest Grove” which screens exclusively at Forest Grove School. The Rundles have won 4 Emmys, and have received a total of twelve Emmy-nominations for their various film projects over the last decade. They are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentary “Resurrecting Forest Grove”. The film will premiere for the country school’s 150th Anniversary on the Putnam Giant Screen in Davenport, Iowa on September 23rd, 2023 .

For more information, visit ForestGroveMovie.com.


Remembering Forest Grove Student Vera Conner

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We mourn the loss of Vera Conner, a delightful former one-room school student of Forest Grove No. 5. She was a breath of fresh air to talk to on camera about her fond and clear memories of her country school days at Forest Grove.

"There's just something about a one-room schoolhouse, "she shared during her interview. "It was a part of my life, so it's very important to me," 

Vera appears in Fourth Wall Films' Emmy Award-winning "Remembering Forest Grove" which shows exclusively at Forest Grove School No. 5 in Bettendorf, Iowa. She also appears in the feature-length documentary "Resurrecting Forest Grove" which will premiere on the Putnam Museum and Science Center's Giant Screen September 23rd.

We will pay tribute to Vera that special day, and to all of those important people who kept Forest Grove's memories alive.

Our deepest condolences go out to Vera's beloved family and friends. 

We include Vera's obituary here.

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May 24, 1937 - January 16, 2023

A Celebration of life luncheon will be held January 28th from 11 to 2 at Spring Village Apts, 3320 Spring Street, Davenport, in the community room. Memorials may be made to the family for a headstone for Vera.

Vera worked as legal secretary and later as a transcriptionist for Urological Associates, retiring in 1999. She enjoyed crafts, making reborn dolls and making cards.

She is survived by her children, Tracy (Rick) Fielder, Becky (Jeff) Wierenga, Curt (Andi) Conner; 17 grandchildren; and multiple great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by 2 sons; her sister; and parents.