Moline-based documentarians Kelly and Tammy Rundle have won their second and third Mid-America Emmy Awards.
On Sunday on Facebook, they announced with partner Garry McGee that their film Jean Seberg: Actress Activist Icon last night, October 29, won an Emmy in the Historical Documentary category.
“We share this award with everyone who has worked on this important film over many years,” the Rundles said. “Thanks also to everyone who continues to believe in this film. Our heartfelt thanks to Lora Adams and WQPT-PBS for the qualifying broadcast and all of their incredible support.”
They also received an Emmy in the Education Short Form Content category for the 10-minute museum film, Remembering Forest Grove.
“We are humbled and so grateful for each and every person involved in these two ‘works of deep love’ and congratulations to each and every one of YOU,” the Rundles posted on Facebook. “This would not have been possible without the amazing Lora Adams and WQPT-PBS. We can’t begin to adequately express how grateful we are to them for caring about what we do, for always being there to offer help and support, and for airing our films.”
Remembering Forest Grove explores the nation’s educational history, one-room schools in Iowa, on-camera interviews with former teachers and students at Forest Grove School No. 5 and concludes with a visual summary of the successful seven-year restoration Led by a group of dedicated local volunteers.
Forest Grove School No. 5 in Bettendorf was built in 1873 and closed in 1957. The restoration started in 2012 and was completed in 2019. Forest Grove School No. 5 has been renovated to its 1920’s appearance and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The independent documentary filmmakers, who own and operate Fourth Wall Films, received two 2022 Mid-America Emmy nominations. Both of the couple’s films had their qualifying broadcast premieres on WQPT-PBS.
They received their first Mid-America Emmy Award last October for their short documentary Over & Under: Wildlife Crossings in the Environmental/Science category. The Rundles’ films have been nominated a total of 11 times for regional Emmys (including one for Best Musical Score last year).
“We are very pleased to hear the news of two nominations and are grateful for the recognition for both films,” said producer Tammy Rundle when the 2022 nominations were announced. “Our deepest gratitude goes to Lora Adams and WQPT-PBS for the qualifying broadcast and for their continued interest in our work. We thank all participants and supporters who made these documentaries possible.”
Jean Seberg: Actress Activist Icon won in the Historical Documentary category. Chosen at the age of 17 from 18,000 aspiring actresses worldwide, Jean Seberg of Marshalltown, Iowa, made her acting debut in 1957 in Otto Preminger’s Saint Joan and starred in the Hollywood films Lilith, Paint Your Wagon, and The Blockbuster “Airport”. Other.
She is best known for her role with co-star Jean-Paul Belmondo in Jean-Luc Godard’s groundbreaking French New Wave film Breathless (1960). Godard died on September 13, 2022 at his home in Rolle, Switzerland. He was 91.
Seberg’s off-screen civil rights activism and financial support for the Black Panther Party made her the target of the FBI’s COINTELPRO, and her plan to “neutralize” her set off a downward spiral that led to her mysterious and led to premature death in Paris.
Jean Seberg: Actress Activist Icon is the first documentary to focus on the international film star’s personal side, combining exclusive interviews with Jean’s family, including her sister Mary Ann Seberg and her former husband François Moreuil; Co-star Mylene Demongeot, director Nicolas Gessner and former Black Panther Party leader and Jean’s friend Elaine Brown.
‘Remembering Forest Grove’ was commissioned by Forest Grove School Preservation and can be viewed exclusively at the schoolhouse. The restored one-room school is open for tours in summer, other times by appointment.
The 10-minute film won the Iowa Motion Picture Association’s highest Award of Excellence in the Education category last May.
In a congratulatory note on Facebook, Forest Grove School Preservation Principal Sharon Andresen wrote: “You are doing the BEST job! It is a true privilege to work with you and document the stories of our former teachers and students.”
A full list of 2022 Mid-America Emmy nominees and winners can be found HERE. Fourth Wall’s newest film, An Infantryman From Hero Street, premieres on Saturday, November 12 at 2pm at the Putnam Museum Giant Screen Theater in Davenport.