Filming an American Icon at Night - the Journey Continues


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Forest Grove School No. 5 looks magnificent in the daylight during any season. It proved to look especially lovely at night.

Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films shot the restored schoolhouse from sunset until nightfall on an early October evening. The footage will be used in the Forest Grove School's new museum film and their new documentary feature Resurrecting Forest Grove.

The Rundles' are in post-production on the schoolhouse museum film and hope to have it wrapped in November.

Resurrecting Forest Grove's release date has been pushed to early 2022 due to the COVID pandemic.

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"We are in fundraising mode again for the documentary," said producer Tammy Rundle. "The pandemic has had an impact on many film projects in production, and Resurrecting Forest Grove is among them."

"We are grateful to those who have been so supportive and generous during our fundraising campaign," said director Kelly Rundle. "We are focused on raising a portion of the matching funds for a grant to complete the post-production phase on the documentary project." 

Resurrecting Forest Grove will cinematically tell the dramatic true story behind the seemingly-impossible task of restoring a crumbling 1873 one-room school located in Bettendorf, Iowa to its 1920s appearance. Footage and interviews gathered over a seven-year period will illustrate 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 will be intercut with a vivid historical portrait of the 'Roaring 20s' in rural America.

The documentary project received partial funding from a grant award from Humanities Iowa.

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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 HERE. We 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!


Community-Funding Campaign 2020 is underway for "Resurrecting Forest Grove"

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The official ribbon cutting of the restored Forest Grove School No. 5 in Bettendorf, Iowa on September 13, 2019. (Photo courtesy/copyright Kevin E. Schmidt, Quad City Times)

Thanks to the help of so many generous supporters during our first fundraising campaign in 2019 we reached our initial fundraising goal for the production phase our new Fourth Wall Films historical documentary feature Resurrecting Forest Grove.

We are in fundraising mode again this early part of 2020! This campaign is focused on raising a portion of the matching funds required for a grant we received from Humanities Iowa for the post-production phase of the documentary project. 

Resurrecting Forest Grove, a new documentary by award-winning and Emmy®  nominated filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, cinematically tells the dramatic true story behind the seemingly-impossible task of restoring a crumbling 1873 one-room school to its 1920s appearance. Footage and interviews gathered over a seven-year period will illustrate 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 will be intercut with a vivid historical portrait of the 'Roaring 20s' in rural America.

Resurrecting Forest Grove will be released on DVD and its WQPT-PBS debut in 2021.

We hope you will JOIN THE JOURNEY AND SUPPORT RESURRECTING FOREST GROVE

We accept donations of all levels, starting at $5!  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 Sponsors & Supporters!


Special Forest Grove School restoration presentation March 10 at Butterworth Center

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The Moline Preservation Society will host a special program on Forest Grove School at the Butterworth Center. Award-winning film producers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, and Sharon Andresen of Forest Grove School Preservation will give a special presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 on the restoration of historic Forest Grove School No. 5 and the new feature-length documentary Resurrecting Forest Grove, now in production.  The Butterworth Center Library is located at 1105 8th St., Moline, Illinois.

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

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In 2012, a small group of local preservationists headed by project coordinator Sharon Andresen decided the 1873 Forest Grove School No. 5. could, and should, be saved.

The Rundles’ 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 seven-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 2021.  For more information about the new documentary, visit www.ForestGroveMovie.com and the film's Facebook fan page.

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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HELP US MAKE THE FILM! To make a donation and add your name to the film credits and receive some great perks, visit: https://docublogger.typepad.com/resurrecting_forest_grove/crowdfunding-campaign.html.


"Who am I to whine?" Winter production continues on Forest Grove films

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producers Tammy & Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films spent several brutal cold February days filming winter scenes for their new documentary feature film and for the newly restored School's museum film. 

"We were waiting for a fresh snow fall at the school's location," said producer/writer Tammy Rundle. "In addition, we wanted a bright blue sky and sunshine." It was 8 degrees outside with a windchill of -15, when the day arrived with all of the 'elements' satisfied.

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It wasn't the first time the Rundles found themselves in frigid conditions while filming Forest Grove. In 2009, the couple drove out to the delapidated one-room school in the country during a blizzard to gather footage for their award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary Country School: One Room - One Nation.

"The snow and ice were pelting my face while I filmed the decaying building," said director/writer Kelly Rundle. "We seriously thought it was the last time we would see the school standing. It looked like it could fall in on itself at any moment, and the brisk wind that day made it seem even more precarious."

But, that was not the case.  After seven years of fundraising and intense restoration work by volunteers and preservationists with Forest Grove School Preservation, the historic Forest Grove School No. 5 is set to open for public tours early this summer.  The Rundles have been documenting the restoration progress from the beginning.

"On a day like today, with that bitter wind stinging your face, your eyes tearing up, and the cold cutting through your clothes, you really consider your sanity," said Tammy. "But then again, look at that shot! It was worth it! Besides, there are a lot of people who worked in all kinds of weather to bring Forest Grove back to life. So, who am I to whine?"

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HELP US MAKE THE FILM! To make a donation and add your name to the film credits and receive some great perks, visit: https://docublogger.typepad.com/resurrecting_forest_grove/crowdfunding-campaign.html.

 


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Deadline Extended for Film's Fundraising Campaign

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We are nearing the end of our fundraising campaign for our new documentary Resurrecting Forest Grove. We have just $445 left to meet our $4,000 campaign goal. We hope to end the campaign before the end of October.

We need YOUR help to reach the finish line.  Simply CLICK on the link, CHECK OUT the project details, SELECT a contribution level with fun PERKS, DONATE and SHARE with others.

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We are grateful to all of our awesome supporters who have helped us make it this far!  Our thanks to our NEW supporters for considering helping us make this inspiring story come to life!

To make a donation and add your name to the credits, visit: https://docublogger.typepad.com/resurrecting_forest_grove/crowdfunding-campaign.html.

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Tammy & Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, producers of the new documentary feature film Resurrecting Forest Grove, have been documenting the restoration of Forest Grove School No. 5 since work began on the schoolhouse seven years ago. The film project is in the production phase and a fundraising campaign is underway to raise matching funds for a grant the project received from Humanities Iowa. Click HERE to learn more about the film project and how YOU can help!


A Perfect Day for a Ribbon-Cutting

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Photo courtesy Caroline Bredekamp.

Friday, September 13th at 10:30 a.m. over 70 people gathered to celebrate.  It could not have been a more perfect day for a ribbon-cutting.  After 7 1/2 years of planning, fundraising,  researching, searching, rebuilding and restoring, Forest Grove School No. 5 stood immaculate under the bluest sky anyone could ever remember. We could not help but think that THIS is what it must have been like for those earliest students of the 1873 schoolhouse to walk through its welcoming doors, ready to take their seats and learn.

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Sharon Andresen welcomes the crowd at the official ribbon cutting of Forest Grove School. Filmmakers Tammy & Kelly Rundle filmed the event for their documentary "Resurrecting Forest Grove". Photo courtesy Caroline Bredekamp.

The Iowa Standard School plaque was secured to the door--a gift from Bill Sherman, Country School preservationist and advocate.  The bell was rung and that one sound ringing through the countryside caused many eyes to dampen and goosebumps to rise.

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The speeches were given. The gratitude and recognitions shared.  And then, the moment all gathered together had waited for, the ribbon cutting and the schoolhouse doors officially opened. It was a magical day--beyond belief.  Everything perfectly planned and executed, just as the rebirth of Forest Grove itself.

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Barbara Blunk Andersen listens to Bill Sherman talk about the significance of the Iowa Standard School plaque at the special luncheon that followed the ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo courtesy Caroline Bredekamp.

Bravo to the hardest worker we know, visionary Sharon Andresen, for all you have done; all you have dreamed and seen through from the very beginning until the end of this phase. It is a stunning achievement.  You brought so many smiles to so many faces on this day.  Bravo to the Blunk family, and the Forest Grove School Preservation committee and board, many who have volunteered time and talent all of these years.

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Architect Doug Steinmetz opens the luncheon. Photo by Caroline Bredekamp.

We will repeat what we shared at the end of the lovely celebratory luncheon that followed the ribbon cutting and tour of the breathtaking Forest Grove:

Here is to the visionaries, the dreamers, the planners, the givers, the grantors, the helpers, the consulters;
To the problem solvers, the fixers, the builders, the painters, the caretakers;
To the promoters, the teachers, the storytellers and the believers.
Today is YOUR day. YOU brought Forest Grove back. You raised it up. You never stopped believing... it is a true lesson to be learned and inspired by.

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who had a part in “resurrecting” this beautiful icon sitting so proud on the Iowa landscape ready to 'teach' all of us again.

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Tammy & Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, producers of the new documentary feature film Resurrecting Forest Grove, have been documenting the restoration of Forest Grove School No. 5 since work began on the schoolhouse seven years ago. The film project is in the production phase and a fundraising campaign is underway to raise matching funds for a grant the project received from Humanities Iowa. Click HERE to learn more about the film project and how YOU can help!

 

 


Bettendorf school rescue complete: 'You folks did this'

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By Alma Gaul
Quad City Times

An unlikely long shot paid off Friday when supporters of the once-collapsing Forest Grove School in Bettendorf snipped the ribbon at the entry of the restored, 1873 one-room country school.

Peals from the school's original bell rang out across the countryside as Sharon Andresen, the Bettendorf woman who spearheaded the seven-year restoration effort, told the crowd of about 70 that although she is "often the face and voice of the project," the community should know that "you folks did this."

About $225,000 has been spent, with untold amounts of in-kind donations of time and materials, Andresen said. Money was raised through grants; the sale of historic tax credits; direct "asks"; Birdies for Charity, the fund-raising arm of the John Deere Classic golf tournament; trivia nights, and car washes.

Going forward, the building that was restored to the 1923 time period will be used as a museum/interpretive center, telling the story of one-room country schools and the farm life that surrounded them. At one time, Iowa was dotted with about 13,000 one-room country schools; they closed in the 1950s after state-ordered consolidation.

Read the rest of Alma's article HERE!

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Tammy & Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, producers of the new documentary feature film Resurrecting Forest Grove, have been documenting the restoration of Forest Grove School No. 5 since work began on the schoolhouse seven years ago. The film project is in the production phase and a fundraising campaign is underway to raise matching funds for a grant the project received from Humanities Iowa. Click HERE to learn more about the film project and how YOU can help!


The Old Wood Burning Stove Crowns the Classroom at Forest Grove

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Tom Cox restored the vintage wood burning stove, delivered it to the school and intalled it with the help of Charles Watkins. Ben Taylor assisted with the stovepipe installation.

So much work has been done on the interior of Forest Grove School this summer and as the September 13th ribbon-cutting ceremony bears down, the final fittings of school desks, framed portraits of Presidents Lincoln and Washington, books, maps, a 1920s 48-star American flag, a rare globe and all the country-school trimmings are in full force.  But today's installation of a vintage stove was the crowning touch for this historic icon. Forest Grove School gave us goosebumps... AGAIN!

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Have you ever lifted a cast-iron stove? Didn't think so!  Tom Cox and Charles Watkins did and carefully moved it into place at the front corner of the classroom.  The installation of the vintage wood burning stove and the stovepipe took approximately 2 1/2 hours.  

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Charles Watkins, Kris Albert and Sharon Andresen, representatives of Forest Grove School Preservation, are very pleased with the new 'addition' to the one-room school.

Forest Grove School's ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Friday, September 13 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon at Davenport Country Club, to celebrate the official opening of the Pleasant Valley Township Forest Grove School No 5. Each lunch reservation is $25, payable to Forest Grove School Preservation by Monday, Sept 9th. Please mail reservation checks to Forest Grove School Preservation, PO Box 603, Bettendorf, IA, 52722. The luncheon starts at 12:00 PM and is located at 25500 Valley Drive, Pleasant Valley, Iowa.

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Tammy & Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, producers of the new documentary feature film Resurrecting Forest Grove, have been documenting the restoration of Forest Grove School No. 5 since work began on the schoolhouse seven years ago. The film project is in the production phase and a fundraising campaign is underway to raise matching funds for a grant the project received from Humanities Iowa. Click HERE to learn more about the film project and how YOU can help!


New "Resurrecting Forest Grove" Fundraising Campaign is Underway

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

JOIN THE JOURNEY AND SUPPORT RESURRECTING FOREST GROVE

We are in production on our new Fourth Wall Films documentary feature Resurrecting Forest Grove and could not be more excited!  Now the FUN begins with FUNdraising 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 production phase of the historical documentary Resurrecting Forest Grove. This fundraising campaign is focused on raising a portion of the matching funds required for the grant we received from Humanities Iowa. Funds that exceed the goal will help fund the editing and finishing stage of the film project.

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!