“Remembering Forest Grove”, a documentary short produced by Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films were awarded a Mid-America Emmy® Award in the Educational (short form) category. The couple also won an Historical Documentary Emmy®, along with co-producer Garry McGee, for their feature-length documentary “Jean Seberg: Actress Activist Icon”. Both of the films had their broadcast premiere on WQPT- PBS.
“We could not be more pleased with the news of receiving the Emmy® awards for our documentary work. We were honored to just be nominated and did not anticipate winning,” said producer Tammy Rundle. “Our deep gratitude goes out to Lora Adams and WQPT-PBS for the qualifying broadcast and their ongoing interest in our work, and to all of the participants and supporters who made “Remembering Forest Grove" possible.”
"Remembering Forest Grove" 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.
“The Emmy® win for "Remembering Forest Grove" is especially sweet to share with the determined, hard-working visionaries, like Sharon Andresen and Barb Andersen, and professionals, volunteers and donors, historians, teachers and students, who brought the educational icon back to life,” added director Kelly Rundle.
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.
"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.
Kelly and Tammy Rundle received a Mid-America Emmy® award for their environmental documentary “Over and Under: Wildlife Crossings” in 2021, 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.