Resurrecting Forest Grove, a feature-length documentary produced by Fourth Wall Films, has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Moline Foundation during its Spring 2022 cycle. The fiscal sponsor for the project is Truth First Film Alliance, Inc. The grant will partially fund post-production (editing) work on the new film project.
“Our thanks to the Moline Foundation for its support on Resurrecting Forest Grove," said the film’s producer Tammy Rundle. “The Moline Foundation has been very supportive of our work in creating enlightening and entertaining historical documentaries on important subjects based in the Quad Cities region and we are grateful.”
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 un-restorable. In 2012, a small group of local preservationists decided the 1873 Forest Grove School No. 5 in Bettendorf, Iowa 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 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.
Resurrecting Forest Grove is slated to premiere at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa in 2023. For more information about the new documentary, visit www.ForestGroveMovie.com and the film's Facebook fan page.
The Moline Foundation serves as a catalyst and leader in encouraging philanthropy and channeling resources to meet the needs of the Quad Cities and the surrounding area. It serves the donors, citizens, and non-profit organizations in the counties of Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Warren, Henderson, McDonough in Illinois, and Scott County in Iowa.
Truth First Film Alliance, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Moline, Illinois, promotes, supports, and encourages the production and exhibition of documentary films, and narrative films based on true stories, through public presentations and educational programs in the Quad Cities region. Free public programs include film screenings and discussions with visiting filmmakers and classroom visits to talk about film and filmmaking with students.
Fourth Wall Films is an Emmy-winning Northwestern Illinois-based film and video production company specializing in Midwestern historical documentaries for public television broadcast and national DVD and Blu-ray home video release and online streaming. Fourth Wall also provides limited theatrical, broadcast, and DVD distribution services, primarily for our own titles. In addition, the company provides commercial services to museums, PBS stations, and other film and video producers.