The Barn Raisers, a new documentary by Mid-America Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, is an Official Selection at the Newport Beach Film Festival and will be showcased at the Island Cinema, 999 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach on Monday, April 24th at 5:00 p.m.
The Barn Raisers tells the story of Midwestern barns by examining them through the lens of architecture. The film explores what building methods, barn styles, and materials tell us about the people who built them, the life they lived, and the role these “country cathedrals” played in the settling and building of the Nation. The Barn Raisers is a companion film to the Rundles’ Regional Emmy® nominated historical documentary Country School: One Room – One Nation.
The Barn Raisers is among ten films selected from around the world and featured in the film festival’s ‘Art, Architecture + Design’ category.
“How could we create something from practically nothing with just a handful of tools and no drawings? The answer is in the barns,” said Rudy Christian, a traditional timber framer and barn preservationist from Burbank, Ohio.
Barns were constructed by farmer-craftsmen, professional builders who traveled from job to job and even architects like Frank Lloyd Wright. The Barn Raisers paints a cinematic portrait of barns and builders, an important way of life that has been largely forgotten, and the film reminds us that these remnants from America’s rural past are still here to be interpreted and experienced.
“I see old barns as documents,” said architectural historian Marlin Ingalls of the Office of the State Archaeologist in Iowa City. “There’s no other thing on the landscape that gives that sense of connection to history and agricultural activities of a bygone era.”
“These barns are a part of the history of American immigration,” said artist Jeremy Marlow who owns the Marlow-Saak Barn located in Waukon, Iowa. His barn is featured on the film’s poster. “It’s really sad to see these things fall down at an alarming rate.” It is estimated that Iowa loses over 1,000 vintage barns annually.
The Barn Raisers was filmed in Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The film was partially funded by grants from the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, the National Barn Alliance/Russ & LuAnn Mawby, Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, Humanities Iowa, the Kansas Humanities Council, the Ohio Humanities Council, and the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Moline Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Jackson County.
The Rundles, a married couple, are the producers of the regional Emmy® nominated historical documentaries Country School: One Room – One Nation, River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6, and Letters Home to Hero Street (co-produced with WQPT-PBS). Kelly is a former Employee of Sony Pictures in Culver City and Deutsch LA in Marina Del Rey. Tammy formerly worked in advertising for Los Angeles Magazine and at Sierra Investment Management in Santa Monica.
The Newport Beach Film Festival is Orange County’s largest entertainment event which features 350 films and nightly gala events to over 50,000 film fans each year. This year’s festival takes place April 21-27, and kicks off on Thursday evening, April 20th with a Gala Opening event presented by The Los Angeles Times and hosted by Fashion Island.
The Newport Beach Film Festival seeks to bring the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world to Orange County, California. Committed to enlightening the public with a first-class international film program as well as providing a forum for cultural understanding and enriching educational opportunities, the Festival focuses on showcasing a diverse collection of both studio and independent films. The Festival supports the creation and advancement of innovative and artistic cinematic works from both emerging and seasoned filmmakers and proudly embraces the passion, vision, and independent spirit of these talented artists. With the integration of the local community and educational institutions, the Festival stimulates an interest in the study and appreciation of film and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to participate.
This article was released by Fourth Wall Films.