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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 2010

KCPT-PBS to feature
Villisca: Living with a Mystery


Documentary explores story of Iowa's worst mass murder--the 1912 Villisca, Iowa axe murders of eight

Kansas City--Kelly and Tammy Rundle's documentary about Villisca, Iowa's brutal 1912 axe murders of the Josiah Moore family of six and two visiting guests will be broadcast on Kansas City's KCPT-PBS this spring.

“Villisca: Living with a Mystery” features the foremost authority on the still-unsolved case Dr. Edgar Epperly, historian Bruce Stillians, former FBI agent Robert Ressler, and eye-witnesses of what is still considered Iowa's worst mass murder.

The Rundles are the owners of Fourth Wall Films, an independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois. They are currently in production on “Country School: One Room, One Nation” and in co-production on “Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg” with award-winning filmmaker Garry McGee. Visit VilliscaMovie.com for more information on America's greatest unsolved mystery and to purchase “Villisca” on DVD.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 2009

Villisca: Living with a Mystery
featured at Bridge View Center

Ottumwa -The award-winning documentary feature film “Villisca: Living with a Mystery”, by filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, will be featured at the Bridge View Center on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 7:00pm as part of an Ottumwa Area Arts Council Halloween-season event. 

The Rundles return, by popular demand, to Ottumwa after a successful presentation of their critically- acclaimed film “Lost Nation: The Ioway” last spring.

“Villisca” details the 1912 late night axe murders of the entire Josiah Moore family of six, and two young overnight guests, and the affect the crime had on Villisca, a small Southwest Iowa town.  The still-unsolved axe murder created a lasting community split over the guilt or innocence of a local State Senator, and produced three sensational trials.

The film qualified for the 2005 Academy Award competition and numerous film festivals.

Villisca” will screen at the Bridge View Center, 102 Church Street in Ottumwa on Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m.  Filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle will follow the 2-hour film with Q&A.  This free special event is sponsored by the Ottumwa Area Arts Council. 

The Rundles are the owners of Fourth Wall Films, an independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.  They are currently in production on “Country School: One Room, One Nation” and in co-production on “Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg” with award-winning filmmaker Garry McGee. Visit VilliscaMovie.com for more information on America's greatest unsolved mystery and to purchase “Villisca” on DVD. 

 

UPDATE!

(November 16, 2006)

"Villisca" director Kelly Rundle and historian Dr. Edgar Epperly will appear on Catherine Crier Live on CourtTV on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 5PM/Eastern and Pacific and 4PM Central.  Check local listings for more information. Subject to rescheduling depending on breaking news.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 2006

Can a Murder be Solved Nearly 100 Years Later?  America's Greatest Unsolved Mystery Comes to DVD for Halloween

A True-Crime Story More Mysterious than Lizzie Borden-More Intriguing Than Jack-the-Ripper

Los Angeles - What happens when murder visits a small town and never goes away?   After over 14 months in theaters in 52 cities, the award-winning and critically-acclaimed independent documentary film "Villisca: Living with a Mystery" will be released nationally on DVD on October 24, 2006 through Passion River Films.

When an entire family was murdered on a June evening in 1912, a small Midwestern town spiraled into chaos and division. The still-unsolved axe murder mystery made national headlines, built and ruined political careers, created a lasting community split over the guilt or innocence of a local State Senator, and produced three sensational trials.

"Villisca" tells the epic true story of Iowa's worst mass homicide, the Villisca Axe Murders.  This true-crime story is more mysterious than America's Lizzie Borden and more intriguing than London's Jack the Ripper. 

Tens years in the making, filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle teamed with noted historian Dr. Edgar Epperly and gathered dozens of hours of footage featuring the infamous axe murder house and murder weapon, a period steam train, bloodhounds, and over 50 interviews with historians, eyewitnesses, and forensic experts including former FBI Special Agent and profiler Robert K. Ressler, the man who coined the term "serial killer."

The Rundles collected hundreds of previously unseen period photographs, unearthed a forgotten axe murder case file, successfully petitioned a judge for access to 5,000-pages of secret grand jury testimony, reviewed dusty Attorney General's files, and traveled to the sites of similar unsolved murders in Monmouth, Illinois; Ellsworth, Kansas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado in search of one of America's early serial killers.

With the axe murder house a museum, and ongoing interest from media producers and paranormal enthusiasts, some think the crime is still haunting Villisca today.  The filmmakers gained the support and cooperation of Villisca residents and relatives of the axe murder victims.  Several gave interviews and attended the film's premiere where nearly 2000 people saw the film in just five days. 

"Villisca" went on to screen to enthusiastic audiences in theaters in 52 cities where it successfully competed with, and often exceeded, the box office receipts of its well-heeled Hollywood rivals.  The independent documentary film also qualified for the 2005 Academy Award® competition in the documentary feature category.

The new "Villisca: Living with a Mystery" DVD release features the provocative independent documentary film, full-length commentary tracks by Epperly and the filmmakers, a computer-animated walkthrough of the axe murder house, additional scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, the theatrical trailer, and a rare 1963 Villisca axe murder radio broadcast.

The Rundles reside in Los Angeles, California where they are the owners of Fourth Wall Films, an independent film and video production company.  Passion River Films acquires, distributes, and represents unique, award-winning independent films and documentaries.  Visit VilliscaMovie.com for more information on America's greatest unsolved mystery.

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Contact:
Kelly Rundle, Director     
Fourth Wall Films
POB 341610, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Phone/Fax: 310.398.0015; villisca@aol.com; VilliscaMovie.com 

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