National Civic Season Event 2024 features Documentaries by Fourth Wall Films

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A new film and excerpts from three other films by Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Moline-based Fourth Wall Films are among content and events selected from thousands of submissions from over 400 cultural and civic institutions across the United States for the fourth annual Civic Season that begins on Juneteenth and ends July 4th.

“We are proud that our film work has been selected for Civic Season for a fourth consecutive year,” Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films said. “It allows us to reach a younger national audience with important and compelling American history stories.”

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The Rundles’ new award-winning environmental film “Moved by Waters” (2024) and excerpts from “Resurrecting Forest Grove” (2023), “Sons and Daughters of Thunder” (2019), and “The Amish Incident: Wisconsin vs Yoder” (2020) are showcased on the Civic Season website.

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Civic Season is the flagship program from Made By Us, a network of hundreds of museums, historic sites, libraries and archives unleashing access to history for younger generations who have the most at stake. The Season begins on June 15 with 2,000+ celebrations and events online and across the nation.

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“Civic Season is a time to explore your story - and how it connects to U.S. history - through events, activities, and resources from credible sources. This summer, no matter where you are, you can connect to stories, inspiration and tools to help you power our democracy,” according to a Civic Season press release.

Explore Civic Season content and events at https://www.thecivicseason.com/.

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The 2024 Civic Season is made possible thanks to generous support from the Mellon Foundation, Mars Wrigley AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate, the Carlos Foundation, the Americana Foundation, Frontline Impact Project, and other supporters and collaborators.

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Fourth Wall Films is a four-time Emmy® winning and award-winning independent film and media production company based in Moline, Illinois. For more information visit FourthWallFilms.com.


Remembering Forest Grove Teacher Marilyn Schmidt Lemmon (1930-2024)

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We join with so many others remembering the wonderful Forest Grove School No. 5 teacher Marilyn Schmidt Lemmon, who passed away April 27th.

As Marilyn said in her interview for RESURRECTING FOREST GROVE, she loved teaching kids--that was important to her. And, her students loved her. She was magical.

Sharon & MarilynMarilyn Lemmon and Sharon Andresen during a special screening of REMEMBERING FOREST GROVE at Forest Grove School, where Marilyn was a former teacher.

Forest Grove School Preservationist Sharon Andresen said of Marilyn, "[She was] the last living teacher from Forest Grove No 5. Marilyn was so kind and loving. Her story lives on in ”Resurrecting Forest Grove”. My sincerest sympathy to her family and friends."

This past weekend "Resurrecting Forest Grove" received the top Award of Excellence from the Iowa Motion Picture Association in the Feature Documentary category. We dedicate this win in honor of Marilyn Lemmon. What a blessing to have met her and to have preserved some of her memories about her time at Forest Grove. None of us will ever forget her.

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To learn more about Forest Grove School No. 5, visit https://www.forestgroveschool.org/


Two Fourth Wall Films’ Documentaries win Awards from Iowa Motion Picture Association

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Two documentaries films produced by Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Moline-based Fourth Wall Films received two Iowa Motion Picture Association awards at the 33rd Annual Award Ceremony on Saturday, May 4th at the Bowman Fine Arts Center in Forest City, Iowa.

The Iowa Motion Picture Association recognized outstanding creative and technical achievement in Iowa’s film industry in 57 categories.

The Rundles’ won the top award in the Documentary Feature category for “Resurrecting Forest Grove”.

“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 the 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.’ More information on Forest Grove School No. 5 can be found at https://forestgroveschool.org/

Fourth Wall Films’ environmental documentary “Moved by Waters" won Best Documentary Short.

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“Moved by Waters” is an uplifting and inspirational documentary that depicts collaborative projects involving organizations and diverse groups of students, teachers, artists, farmers, and volunteers of all ages in the Quad Cities region--setting aside political or other differences--all working toward improving the quality of water in the Upper Mississippi Watershed. The film was made possible by a grant from Roger Ross Gipple of BeWildReWild.

“We are grateful to the Iowa Motion Picture Association for honoring our documentary films with these awards, and the inspiring people behind the important work of historic preservation, and clean water for all creatures great and small,” said producer Tammy Rundle.

“Moved by Waters” recently screened during Earth Day festivities in Gaithersburg/Washington D.C., and will screen on May 10th at 7 p.m. at the RPL Nordlof Center, 18 N Main St, Rockford, Illinois. A Q&A with the Rundles will follow the screening. The free-to-the-public event is sponsored by the Sinnissippi Audubon Society and kicks off the World Migratory Bird Day celebration.

Kelly and Tammy Rundle are the owners of Fourth Wall Films, a four-time regional Emmy award-winning independent media production company formerly located in Los Angeles, California and now based in Moline, Illinois.


WQPT-PBS Airs "Resurrecting Forest Grove" Sunday, April 28 at 6pm

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Fourth Wall Films' award-winning documentary "Resurrecting Forest Grove" will air on WQPT-PBS Sunday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. Thank you, WQPT!

"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" is a crowd pleaser and recently received a nomination for Best Feature Documentary at the Iowa Motion Picture Association. It won the 2024 national Award for Scholarship and Artistry from the Country School Association of America and was an Official Selection at the 2024 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival .

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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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Forest Grove School No. 5 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.

"Remembering Forest Grove" is available to view exclusively at Forest Grove School No. 5. The restored schoolhouse is open for tours in the summer, and educational classroom re-enactments for school groups via appointment. Visit ForestGroveSchool.org for information. 

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Fourth Wall Films' Kelly and Tammy Rundle won a Mid-America Emmy® award for their short documentary “Remembering Forest Grove” . 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 "The Last to Fall from Hero Street" from their 9-part documentary "Hero Street" series which will premiere in November 2024 at the Putnam Museum.


Cedar Rapids Architect Doug Steinmetz key part of historic Forest Grove's rehabilitation success story

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“Resurrecting Forest Grove” will be showcased at the 2024 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, screening on Saturday evening, April 6 at 6 p.m. at the Collins Road Theatres.  The new documentary produced by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films is one of 57 films selected at the annual film festival. Cedar Rapids-based architect Doug Steinmetz served as the consulting architect on the rehabilitation of the 1873 Forest Grove School No. 5.  Steinmetz and his family will attend the event with the Rundles.

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 NationThe school appeared to be on the brink of collapse.

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Forest Grove School Preservation was founded in 2012, and received a small Preservation Iowa Technical Assistance Network (TAN) grant to have Cedar Rapids architect Doug Steinmetz come out to the site and assess if the schoolhouse could be saved. 

"I have over forty years of experience in historic preservation and, putting all humility aside, I can often sense the outline of my report as I pull onto a site," Steinmetz said. "I admit to taking a second look as I parked. Why was this building even standing? It looked more like a covered bridge than a schoolhouse."

The small group of preservationists stood before the hollowed-out shell of the unique and historic 1873 Forest Grove School No. 5 and waited for Steinmetz's recommendation. It was decided it could, and should, be saved.

Steinmetz served as an architectural consultant throughout the eight years of rehabilitating Forest Grove School No. 5.

"It's been a thrill for me to see the community work together during every aspect of the project," he said. "I've rarely witnessed such care and thoughtfulness in a project--each decision has been thoroughly considered and options weighed. It's a very impressive outcome. I'm honored to have been included."

“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 Iowa and America.

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The documentary recently received the 2024 national Award for Scholarship and Artistry from the Country School Association of America

The film will screen twice during CRIFF at the Collins Road Theatres, 1462 Twixt Town Road, Marion, Iowa: Friday, April 5th at 12:20 p.m., and on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at CRIFM.org.

“Resurrecting Forest Grove” was partially funded by grants from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, and the Moline Regional Community Foundation.

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


Forest Grove documentary wins national award

Our thanks to WHBF's Arts & Entertainment reporter Jonathan Turner for the recent story on OurQuadCities.com about the national 2024 Award for Scholarship & Artistry given to "Resurrecting Forest Grove" by the Country School Association of America. We are honored by this recognition, and add to the good news that the film is an Official Selection by the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival and will screen in the wonderful Collins Road Theatres on April 5th and 6th. Visit CRIFM.org for details. 

We include a portion of Jonathan's story below. Click on the link at the end to read the rest of the story.

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“Resurrecting Forest Grove,” a new documentary by Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Moline-based Fourth Wall Films, has earned the national 2024 Award for Scholarship and Artistry from the Country School Association of America (CSAA).

The film is also an Official Selection at the 2024 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival

“The committee commends the years of filming, interviewing and research done to document the story of a community coming together to restore this schoolhouse,” CSAA director Joan Prouty said in a Fourth Wall release.

READ THE REST OF THE STORY HERE!


"Resurrecting Forest Grove" DVD Pre-orders News!

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It took a little longer than anticipated to get the DVDs. So there will be a bit of a delay in shipping them out. We are very pleased with how the "Resurrecting Forest Grove" DVD came out! We will be posting an update in the next couple of days to alert you when the DVD pre-orders begin shipping out.

Thanks for your patience!

Tammy & Kelly Rundle, Producers

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Resurrecting Forest Grove DVD pre-orders beginning shipping out later this week (3/8/2024)! 

The New DVD Features:

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

You can pre-order the "Resurrecting Forest Grove" DVD today and save! (The regular price will increase to $26.99 plus shipping AFTER March 15, 2024.)

The special pre-order price is $25 - Includes FREE Media Mail Shipping (begins shipping March 8).

 

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!