Historical documentary to be shown in Pipestone
PIPESTONE -- The Pipestone County Historical Society will show the award-winning documentary film "Lost Nation: The Ioway," produced by Fourth Wall Films, at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pipestone Performing Arts Center.
Susan Hoskins, executive director of the Pipestone County Museum, said museum officials first heard about Fourth Wall Films about a year ago.
"We had a showing of their film 'Country School: One Room -- One Nation,' and then we learned about their film about the Ioway and found out that they filmed a portion of it at the Pipestone National Monument," she said.
Hoskins added that the museum likes to bring educational programs to the community.
"We had to raise the funds, and it was partially funded by the United Way of Pipestone County," she said.
Founded in 1986 by Kelly and Tammy Rundle, Fourth Wall Films specializes in historical documentaries for public television broadcast and DVD home video.
The idea for the Ioway film was first suggested at a showing of their first documentary, "Villisca: Living with a Mystery."
"A woman there was aware of a man who had a significant interest in the Ioway Indians," Kelly Rundle said. "He ended up being in the film and a part of the whole process."
Like many midwesterners, Rundle said neither he nor his wife, an Iowa native, had heard of the Ioway before.
The process of learning more about the Ioway developed into an hour-long film that recounts the "tale of two Ioway brother's struggling to save their people from the inevitable American Conquest, and the Ioway's current fight to reclaim and maintain their unique history and culture," according to a summary written by Rundle.
The film focuses on the history of the Ioway nation from 1700 through 1837, with contemporary stories interwoven with the historical timeline.
"In the case of the Ioway film, present-day Ioway people engaged in a project or activity related to the history or heritage of the Ioway are included," Rundle said.
At the time of filming, Rundle and his wife were living in Los Angeles.
"We put on over 20,000 highway miles making the film," he said.
About the time they finished filming, the two relocated Fourth Wall Films to Moline, Ill., and started the editing process.
The film was premiered in October 2007 at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines, Randle said.
After the success of the "Lost Nation: The Ioway," Fourth Wall Films turned the film into a trilogy, producing two sequels.
"We just premiered parts two and three a week ago," Rundle said.
In 2013, Fourth Wall Films will also release "Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg," a documentary about a Marshalltown, Iowa, native and star of 39 Hollywood and French films.
Both Rundle and Hoskins said they are looking forward to showing the film in Pipestone and hope there is a strong turnout.
"We're excited about showing the film in the Pipestone area because of the significant connection between the Ioway and the Pipestone area," Rundle said. "For many years the Ioway were caretakers of that area, so it has a large significance for them."
For more information, contact the Pipestone County museum at (507) 825-2563.