“Lost Nation: The Ioway” Filmmakers Win Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival Top Awards

Award-winning film screens in town that inspired title.

Quad Cities, IA, April 11, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Quad Cities' filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle brought home two top awards from the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival for their critically-acclaimed documentary “Lost Nation: The Ioway” last weekend.

The film now moves on to a special screening event in Lost Nation, Iowa, the town that inspired the title.

“Lost Nation” tells the dramatic true story of two brothers’ struggle to save their people from inevitable American conquest, and the Ioway’s current fight to reclaim and maintain their unique history and culture. After the tribe was removed from its land in the 1830s, the 36 million acres it called home was named “Iowa.” Then, the tribe was forgotten.

The film won the top Gold Award in the “Professional Documentary” category, and was also awarded the “Iowa Connection Award” for the film that best represents the state of Iowa and filmmaking in Iowa.

A special showing of the award-winning film is sponsored by Lost Nation Visions, Ltd. and will take place in Lost Nation, Iowa on Saturday, April 12th, at the Midland Lost Nation Center, 100 Winter Street.

The program begins at 1:00pm and will feature pre-show events for children and adults, including a tipi, an artifact exhibit, presentations and demonstrations by Ioway Tribal Member Pete Fee and archaeologist Mark L. Anderson of the Office of the State Archaeologist. The one-hour film will screen at 2:00 pm, followed by discussion and Q&A with film producers Kelly and Tammy Rundle, and film/program participants Fee, Anderson and John Palmquist. Call 563-678-2658 for ticket information.

"Lost Nation: The Ioway" was funded in part by Humanities Iowa, the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Kansas Humanities Council, the Oklahoma Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area.

Lost Nation Visions, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization. Its function is to aid in securing grants for community projects.

The Rundles are the owners of Fourth Wall Films, an award-winning independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.

Fourth Wall Films
Kelly Rundle, Producer-Director