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Kelly Rundle

VILLISCA Producer-Writer-Director

The director-writer of "Villisca: Living with A Mystery" is award winning documentary filmmaker Kelly Rundle.  He has been producing, directing and editing documentaries and other media projects for 23 years.

Kelly was born in Wisconsin and grew up in the Quad-Cities.  He graduated from Park University in Kansas City.  His senior project in college was a full-length science fiction feature based on a novel.  Kelly has produced and directed many live television projects.  Along with his wife Tammy, he is the recipient of numerous humanities and other grants for media projects.

He is the director-writer-editor of the award winning and critically acclaimed documentary feature film "Villisca: Living with a Mystery."  "Villisca" spent 15 months in theaters in 50 cities, qualified for the 2005 Academy Awards competition and was an official selection and award-winner at several film festivals.

His film Lost Nation: The Ioway was an official selection and audience favorite at the Landlocked Film Festival; placed 2nd out of 40 documentaries in competition at the Beloit International Film Festival; won "Best Documentary" at the International Cherokee Film Festival, The Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, and the Iowa Independent Film Festival.  It also received a bronze Telly Award for "Best Television Documentary".  Work on a sequel to complete the Ioway Tribes' story is underway.

Kelly is in post-production on the historical documentary "Country School: One Room, One Nation."  He and wife Tammy are co-producing "Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg", with award-winning filmmaker Garry McGee (The Last Wright).

Currently in development: "The Storm, The Whirlwind, The Earthquake: Frederick Douglass". The project was awarded a $30,000 "Documentary Dream Package" provided by the International Documentary Association & sponsored by Kodak, Arriflex, Foto-Kem Industries, Pacific Media Corporation, & Adobe Systems, Inc.

With Morning Ran Red author Stephen Bowman (left) in Omaha, Nebraska. (1994)

Mr. Bowman's novel based on the 1912 murder story is back in print and he has provided the following banner and link for anyone interested in purchasing a copy.


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kelly_3.jpg (9876 bytes) Preparing to interview Lizzie Borden researcher Ed Thibault in Fall River, Massachusetts. (1994)
Follow-up shooting in Villisca, Iowa in 1995. kelly_4.jpg (16381 bytes)
kelly_5.jpg (14003 bytes) Interviewing former F.B.I. Special Agent Robert Ressler in Fredericksburg, Virginia about Villisca's crime scene. (1996)
Filming the murder weapon in the Moore house. The axe had not been in the house since it was removed from the crime scene in 1912. (1997) kelly_6.jpg (18224 bytes)
kelly_7.jpg (24267 bytes) Editing VILLISCA: Living With a Mystery. (1999)

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