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Documentary filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle
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KELLY RUNDLE - Producer, Writer, Director
The producer-director-writer of Lost Nation: The Ioway 1, 2 & 3 is Emmy® nominated documentary filmmaker Kelly Rundle.  He has been producing, directing and editing documentaries and other media projects for more than 25 years.   Kelly was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and grew up in East Moline, Illinois, one of the Quad Cities.  He graduated with honors with a degree in Communication Arts from Park University in Kansas City, Missouri.  Later he worked in the International Theatrical Division of Sony Pictures Entertainment® (Columbia-TriStar Films) in Culver City, California and in advertising for Deutsch LA in Los Angeles.  Kelly, along with wife Tammy, formed their independent production company Fourth Wall Films while living in Los Angeles where they resided for 18 years.   They are now based in Moline, Illinois.  In addition to the Emmy® nomination, Kelly and Tammy are the recipients of two Telly® awards, multiple film festival awards, numerous film festival Official Selections, and more than a dozen Humanities Awards.

TAMMY RUNDLE - Producer, Writer

The producer-writer of Lost Nation: The Ioway 1, 2 & 3 is Emmy® nominated documentary filmmaker Tammy Rundle.  She has been producing and writing documentaries and other media projects for over 20 years. Tammy is a Waterloo, Iowa native and she graduated with honors from Park University in Kansas City, Missouri with a degree in English: with an Emphasis in Writing.   During and following college she staged-managed and choregraphed numerous college and community theater productions.  She worked in advertising for Los Angeles Magazine and later for Sierra Investment Management in Santa Monica, California.   She and her husband, Kelly recently relocated their independent production company Fourth Wall Films to the Quad Cities area where they continue to focus their cameras on Midwestern history stories.

Together, the Rundles 
have completed several documentary film projects, and they have several others underway.

Villisca: Living with a Mystery (2004) spent over a year in commercial movie theaters alongside Hollywood films in more than 60 cities.   It was an official selection at several film festivals and won the Best Documentary award at the 2006 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival.  Villisca qualified for the 2005 Academy Award® competition in the Documentary Feature Film category. Villisca also received the inagural Detective Award: Best True Crime Documentary from In Cold Blog.  The documentary is currently in national release on DVD and the film continues to be featured at special event showings and it continues to air periodically on Midwestern PBS stations.  WEBSITE - BLOG

Lost Nation: The Ioway (2007) garnered several film festival awards including Best Documentary at the International Cherokee Film Festival.  It was an Official Selection in the Archaeology Channel’s International Film Festival and it won a 2008 Telly Award®.  Ioway also received a Special Award from the National Park Service.  Since its premiere in 2007, the film has screened in more than 100 special events in cities throughout the country including Los Angeles.  The film was released nationally on DVD and has aired on PBS stations throughout the Midwest.  BLOG

Country School: One Room - One Nation
 (2010) received a 2012 Emmy nomination in the Historical Documentary category.  It has been featured in special screening events drawing as many as 400 attendees in cities from California to New York state.   The film won a 2012 Telly Award® and was an Official Selection and award-winner at several film festivals.  It received special awards of excellence from Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area and the Award for Scholarship and Artistry from the Country School Association of America.   Country School was released nationally on DVD in 2011 and it continues to air on Midwestern PBS stations.   WEBSITE

Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg
Currently the Rundles are in post-production on a Hollywood biography with Emmy® nominated documentary filmmaker Garry McGee entitled Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg.  Seberg was born in Marshalltown, Iowa and went on to become an international film star, fashion icon, and controversial political activist.  Movie Star will be released in 2013.  WEBSITE

River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6
The Rundles are also in production on the historical documentary feature film River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6.  River to River guides viewers on a nostalgic classic car journey on Iowa's portion of the longest transcontinental highway in America.  Experience yesterday’s soda shops, filling stations, general stores, drive-ins, and roadside attractions before they are gone forever.  River to River is slated for release in late 2013.  WEBSITE

Sons & Daughters of Thunder
The Rundles are in pre-production on their first docudrama entitled Sons & Daughters of Thunder.  Based on the award-winning play by Earlene Hawley and Curtis Heeter, Thunder tells the unforgettable true story of Harriet Beecher Stowe's role in the beginning of the end of slavery in America.  The film will be shot during 2013 and released in early 2014.  WEBSITE

Hero Street
The Rundles are in development on a historical documentary called Hero Street (working title).  Only a block and a half long, Second Street in Silvis, Illinois lost eight young men in World War II and Korea, more than any other street of any size in America.  Hero Street, as it is now known, has provided over 100 service members since Mexican-American immigrants settled there in 1929.  The documentary feature film will profile the eight heroes and tell the compelling true story of an ongoing struggle to memorialize Tony Pompa, Frank Sandoval, William Sandoval, Claro Soliz, Peter Masias, Joseph Sandoval, Joseph Gomez and John S. Muños.  WEBSITE

Tammy and Kelly review an early version of "Villisca: Living with a Mystery" on their Steenbeck flatbed editor.  "Villisca" was completed using Adobe Premiere Pro and the Rundles sold the Steenbeck to the Grateful Dead on eBay. --Fourth Wall Photo

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