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July 1, 2018 (Sunday) Benefit Screening of “The Barn Raisers” to Support Villisca Historical Society, Inc. 

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Villisca Heritage Days 2018 will showcase the award-winning documentary The Barn Raisers by Emmy® nominated filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films.  The special screening will benefit the Villisca Historical Society, Inc.  The film event will take place Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Villisca Wellness Center, 219 Central Avenue. Q&A with the Rundles will follow the film.  Tickets are $8/pp and children 12 and under will be admitted free.  Funds raised during the screening will help VHSI in its efforts to preserve Villisca history and present informative programs and presentations to the public. More details about the event and the Villisca Heritage Days schedule, festivities and fireworks will be posted soon.

A crowd-pleaser at film festivals, The Barn Raisers tells the story of barns in the Midwest by examining them through the lens of architecture.  The film explores what building methods, barn styles, and materials tell us about the people who built them, the life they lived, and the role these “country cathedrals” played in the settling and building of the Nation.

Barns were constructed by farmer-craftsmen, professional builders like Wisconsin round barn builder Alga Shivers who traveled from job to job, and even architects like Frank Lloyd Wright.  The Barn Raisers paints a cinematic portrait of barns and builders, an important way of life that has been largely forgotten, and the film reminds us that these remnants from America’s rural past are still here to be interpreted and experienced.

The Rundles are the producers of the award-winning Villisca: Living with a Mystery and the Emmy® nominated documentaries: River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6, Letters Home to Hero Street(with WQPT-PBS), and Country School: One Room – One Nation.

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