Historical Society & The Villisca Theater Board
will sponsor a special showing of the award-winning film
Country School: One Room - One Nation
by Kelly & Tammy Rundle
Both showings include a Q & A with the filmmakers and local participants
IowaAward-winning filmmakers Tammy and Kelly Rundle will appear with their
new documentary film Country School: One
Room One Nation at the Rialto Theater during Villiscas Heritage Days
July 1-2, 2011. The film features one-room schools in Montgomery and Page Counties,
as well as interviews with several former students and scholars. Villisca and
Stanton residents played a part in helping tell the important story of the life, death and
rebirth of the one-room school.
issues in early schools to the controversial demise of their widespread use in the 1950s
and 1960s, Country School: One Room One Nation combines visually stunning
images of a myriad of restored and decaying buildingsincluding one designed by Frank
Lloyd Wrightwith surprising, humorous, and heartwarming stories from former teachers
and students. More than just nostalgia, School also delves into the dark side of the
one-room school experience and dispels the myths behind the revered institution that
helped bind a young nation together. Filming took place in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska,
Illinois and Wisconsin.
Quad City Times film
critic Linda Cook gave the film 4-out-of-4 stars and wrote: "Another documentary
gem...vivid and fascinating."
Film reviewer Mike
Schulz of the River Cities Reader wrote, "Country School emerges as a
definitive portrait of education in a one-room environment, a work that's every bit as
informative, engaging and impassioned as those telling its tales."
One-Room - One Nation presents the hopes, dreams, and the reality of those who built
them, those who taught in them, those who attended them, and those who work to keep their
history alive, said Susan Fineman of the Country School Association of Americas
Board of Directors.
School is lyrical, lovely and informative
the Rundles get an A all the way, plus
lots of gold stars, wrote Milwaukee, Wisconsin artist and Villisca Review
columnist Judith Moriarty.
Current and former
residents of Villisca, Stanton, Clarinda and Red Oak offered help on the project.
Historian Elaine Artlip of Villisca assisted the Rundles with Montgomery County research,
and several Villisca and Stanton residents submitted historical photographs for use in the
film. Stanton's Ross Rossander of the Swedish Heritage and Cultural Center and fomer
one-room school student John Palmquist were interviewed for Country School, as was Dr.
Lisa Ossian, formerly of Stanton, now teaching at Des Moines Area Community College in
Ankeny, Iowa. I n Clarinda, Nodaway Valley Museum's Janet Price was interviewed at
the Goldenrod School, the birthplace of 4-H. Clarinda resident Jenny Hansen provided
her horse "Foxy" and a buggy for a film re-enactment that included
"schoolmarm" MeMe Palmquist in the driver's seat. The Cramer School in
Stanton, the Goldenrod School in Clarinda and the Pittsburg Schoolhouse in Red Oak are
featured in the film.
One Room One Nation premiered at the State Historical Building in Des Moines
and it went on to win awards from the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, Silos &
Smokestacks National Heritage Area, and the Country School Association of America.
The filmmakers previously produced the award-winning documentaries Lost Nation: The Ioway and Villisca: Living with a Mystery. They
are currently in production on the documentaries Movie
Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg and the sequels Lost Nation: The Ioway
2 & 3.
One Room One Nation will screen at the Rialto Theatre, 422 South 3rd Avenue,
Villisca, Iowa on Friday, July 1, 2011 with an opening reception and refreshments at 6pm
followed by the film at 7pm. On Saturday, July 2, 2011 the film will screen at 2pm.
Q & A with the Rundles and other guests will take place after both screenings.
Admission is $5 per person. This special program is sponsored by the Villisca
Theater Board and the Villisca Historical Society, Inc.
One Room One Nation was funded in part by Humanities Iowa, the Kansas
Humanities Council, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the
Humanities, and Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area. Visit CountrySchoolMovie.com for more information.
Heritage and Cultural Center's Ross Rossander and filmmaker Kelly Rundle at the Cramer
School in Stanton, Iowa.
Contact: Kelly Rundle, Fourth Wall Films, P.O. Box 702, Moline, IL 61265,
FourthWallFilms at aol.com
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