QC filmmakers earn two new Emmy nominations


The Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out on Monday night, but Moline’s Kelly and Tammy Rundle have their eyes set on the awards to be announced in late October.

The independent documentary makers — who own and operate Fourth Wall Films — received two 2022 Mid-America Emmy nominations for their landmark documentary films “Jean Seberg: Actress Activist Icon,” a feature film co-produced with Garry McGee; and “Remembering Forest Grove,” a short film from the museum.

“Jean Seberg: Actress Activist Icon” is among eight Mid-America Emmy nominees for Outstanding Historical Documentary 2022.

Both of the married couple’s films had their first qualifying broadcasts on WQPT-PBS.

“We are very pleased to receive news of two nominations and are grateful for the recognition of both films,” producer Tammy Rundle said in a recent press release. “Our deepest gratitude goes to Lora Adams and WQPT-PBS for the qualifying broadcast and for their continued interest in our work. We are grateful to all the participants and supporters who made these documentary films possible.

The Rundles won their first Mid-America Emmy Award in 2021 for their environmental documentary “Over and Under: Wildlife Crossings.” Their films have now garnered a total of 11 Emmy nominations over the past decade, and the 2022 regional awards will be presented Oct. 29 in St. Louis.

“Jean Seberg: Actress Activist Icon” received a nomination in the Historical Documentary category. Chosen from 18,000 aspiring actresses worldwide at the age of 17, Marshalltown, Iowa, Jean Seberg made her acting debut in Otto Preminger’s “Saint Joan” in 1957 and starred in Hollywood films” Lilith”, “Paint Your Wagon” and the blockbuster “Airport”, among others.

Seberg preparing for the 1957 film ‘Saint Joan’ (courtesy Getty Images).

She is best known for her performance with Jean-Paul Belmondo in director Jean-Luc Godard’s groundbreaking French New Wave film “A bout de souffle” (1960). Godard died on Tuesday September 13 at his home in Rolle, Switzerland. He was 91 years old.

Gone too soon at 40

Seberg’s off-screen civil rights activism and financial support for the Black Panther Party made her a target of the FBI’s COINTELPRO and their plan to “neutralize” her set off a downward spiral leading to her mysterious and untimely death in Paris in 1979 at age 40. .

“Jean Seberg: Actress Activist Icon” is the first documentary film to focus on the private side of the international movie star, combining exclusive interviews with Jean’s family, including her sister Mary Ann Seberg and her former husband François Moreuil; co-star Mylène Demongeot, director Nicolas Gessner and former Black Panther Party leader and Jean’s friend Elaine Brown.

The film features never-before-seen private photos, home movie footage, and the soundtrack includes original music by Mark and Amy Adams-Westin of Amy & Adams. Mark, a close friend of Jean Seberg, is also featured on camera in the film.

“We believe the Emmy Award nomination for ‘Jean Seberg’ affirms the incredible life and lasting legacy of Jean, an Iowa girl, caring humanitarian, and American and international movie star,” the co said. -director Kelly Rundle.

Recognition for Persistent Conservation

“The Emmy nomination for ‘Remembering Forest Grove’ is especially pleasing to share with Sharon Andresen, Forest Grove School Preservation, and the determined and hardworking visionaries and professionals, volunteers and donors, historians, teachers and students, who brought the icon educational back to life,” added Tammy.

The Forest Grove school in Bettendorf installs its bell tower.

“Remembering Forest Grove” earned a nomination in the Educational (Short Form) category. The film highlights the history of education in the country, Iowa’s one-room schools, filmed interviews with former teachers and students from Forest Grove School No. 5, and ends with a visual summary of the successful seven-year restoration led by a group of dedicated local volunteers.

Located in Bettendorf, Forest Grove School No. 5 was built in 1873 and closed in 1957. Restoration began in 2012 and was completed in 2019. Forest Grove School No. 5 is being renovated to its original appearance 1920s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Monuments. Places.

The restored Forest Grove School (right in this map of Bettendorf) is off Forest Grove Drive, east of Middle Road.

“Remembering Forest Grove” was commissioned by Forest Grove School Preservation and is available exclusively at the school. The restored one-room schoolhouse is open for tours during the summer and at other times by appointment.

The 10-minute film last May won the Iowa Motion Picture Association’s First Excellence Award in the Education category.

“Jean Seberg: Actress Activist Icon” was supported in part by grants from Humanities Iowa, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Iowa Arts Council.

Premiere on November 12 for the new Hero Street film

The new Fourth Wall documentary “An Infantryman from Hero Street” will premiere at the Putnam Giant Screen Theater in Davenport on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m., over Veterans Day weekend. For more information on Rundles’ Hero Street film series, click HERE.

To learn more about Fourth Wall, click HERE.


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