Filmmakers from Moline and Davenport have earned honors for their latest projects.
Moline-based Fourth Wall Films, operated by Kelly and Tammy Rundle, won an Award of Excellence from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards in Los Angeles for "Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg."
"Movie Star" is the first documentary film to focus on the private side of Ms. Seberg, an actress from Marshalltown, Iowa. It explores her American and international film career, civil rights-era activism and her mysterious, untimely death in Paris.
The Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards is a monthly film competition with quarterly award ceremonies. "Movie Star," the feature documentary winner for the March edition, will screen in June during the a red-carpet ceremony held at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles.
The film also received the Gold Eddy in the Pro-Am Documentary category at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. Their "River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6" won the Gold Eddy in the Pro Documentary category -- plus the Iowa Connection Award from Produce Iowa for the film the group feels best represents filmmaking in Iowa -- Kelly Rundle said Monday.
This is Fourth Wall's 11th honor from CRIFF, a nationwide contest open to movies with an Iowa connection such as setting, subject, shooting location or home base of the filmmakers, he said.
“I think because we won our first award for our first film at the 2006 CRIFF, this festival will always be special to us,” Mr. Rundle said. "Villisca: Living with a Mystery" won the Gold Eddy at the 2006 festival.
"River to River" takes viewers on a nostalgic classic-car journey through yesterday’s soda shops, filling stations, general stores, drive-ins, historic sites and roadside attractions that line U.S. 6 in Iowa.
Davenport-based Stephen Folker also won two awards at the CRIFF. His horror spoof, "The Orange Man," won a Silver Eddy in the Pro Feature (fiction film) category, competing against movies that have much higher budgets. He also won the Audience Choice Award, saying by email, "This is what every entry in the festival crosses their fingers to get."
In his film, middle-aged friends go on a camping trip only to be hunted down by a sadistic maniac, whose weapon of choice is orange. "The Orange Man" is being represented by a California-based distributor; Mr. Folker plans to release it through iTunes, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Target later this year.
He's also planning a Quad-Cities screening on Halloween.
Fourth Wall's "River to River" and "Movie Star" have been shown locally. June's screening will be the first in Los Angeles for the Seberg documentary. It's also special for the Rundles because they worked 18 years in the film industry there.
Mr. Rundle said there are no plans for a "Movie Star" limited theatrical release across the country, but they're working on screenings in Europe. This was the first time they entered the Hollywood competition.
Fourth Wall won the CRIFF audience award last year for "Letters Home to Hero Street."
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