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January 7, 2005

New Strand Theatre in West Liberty, Iowa to Feature Axe Murder Mystery Documentary

Historian Dr. Edgar Epperly will Appear for a Q & A with the Infamous Axe

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA–Two adults and six children murdered while they slept.  An illicit affair.  A state politician suspected.  A community thrown into turmoil.  A detective involved in a slander trial.  A window-peeping minister charged with the murders and tried.  Cheering crowds support the controversial defendant.  Dead families in three nearby states indicate the possible work of a serial killer.  Stories ripped from today's headlines?

After 56 showings in 28 cities and 5 states since the Des Moines premiere on June 10, 2004, Fourth Wall Films' critically acclaimed documentary feature film, Villisca: Living with a Mystery will be featured at the New Strand Theatre in West Liberty, Iowa along with historian Dr. Edgar Epperly and the infamous murder weapon.

Villisca tells the epic true story of the 1912 Villisca, Iowa Children's Day axe murders.  America's greatest unsolved crime built and ruined political careers, created a lasting community split over the guilt or innocence of a local man, and produced hundreds of litigations including three of Iowa's most sensational criminal trials.

Quad City Times film critic Linda Cook gave the film 4 stars and said, "Outstanding...impressive...a fascinating tale well told...I'm still astonished at this well-made film!"

The Des Moines Register's Jeffrey Bruner gave the documentary 3 stars, and said, "...discusses what many have refused to speak about...terrific interviews...accessible...not academic."

Filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle have combined period photographs, computer animation, original art, limited re-enactments, and interviews with historians, eye-witnesses, town residents, and forensic experts to shed light on the 92-year old mystery and to reveal the face of a new suspect.

The ten-years-in-the-making documentary also explores the possibility that the Villisca crime, and similar murders in Monmouth, Illinois; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Ellsworth, Kansas, may have been the work of one of America's first serial killers.

The filmmakers have made a special effort to book the film in period-appropriate venues and the beautifully restored 1910 New Strand Theatre provides the perfect setting for the historical documentary.  Pre-show magic lantern slides and ragtime music precede each performance and set the scene for a journey into the past.

Villisca will screen at the New Strand Theatre on Friday, January 14-20, 2005.  Evening performances will be at 7:30 pm and matinees on Saturday and Sunday will be at 2:00 pm.  Historian Dr. Edgar Epperly will appear for a Q & A with the Villisca axe on Friday and Saturday performances only.  For ticket information call the theater at 319.627.2014 or visit  www.newstrand.com to purchase advance tickets.

For more information on "Villisca: Living with a Mystery," visit www.villisca.com.

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Contact:
Kelly Rundle, Director
Fourth Wall Films
villisca@aol.com www.newstrand.com


October 12, 2004

Axe Murder Mystery Documentary Featured During Halloween Week

The Infamous Axe and other Historical Artifacts on Display

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA–While Halloween normally conjures up stories of ghosts and goblins, filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle think of axe murderers. After logging over 11,000 road miles, for 43 showings in 24 cities and 5 states in less than 90 days, the Rundles return to the Midwest with their critically acclaimed documentary feature film, Villisca: Living with a Mystery for Halloween week.

Villisca tells the epic true story of the 1912 Villisca, Iowa axe murders. America's greatest unsolved crime built and ruined political careers, created a lasting community split over the guilt or innocence of a local man, and produced hundreds of litigations including three of Iowa's most sensational criminal trials.

Quad City Times film critic Linda Cook gave the film 4 stars and said, "Outstanding...impressive...a fascinating tale well told...I'm still astonished at this well-made film!"

The Des Moines Register's Jeffrey Bruner gave the documentary 3 stars, and said, "...discusses what many have refused to speak about...terrific interviews...accessible...not academic."

The ten-years-in-the-making documentary also explores the possibility that the Villisca crime--and similar murders in Monmouth, Illinois; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Ellsworth, Kansas--may have been the work of one of America's first serial killers.

Villisca will screen at the Atlantic Fridley Theatre in Atlantic, Iowa on Monday, October 25 and Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at 7:00 pm; at Monmouth College on Thursday, October 28, 2004 at 7:00 pm in the Dahl Auditorium; and at the Western Historic Trails Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and on Halloween, Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 2:00pm. For ticket information visit: www.villisca.com/tickets.htm.

The program features pre-show "magic lantern" slides and ragtime music, a lobby display including the infamous axe, the feature-length documentary, and a Q & A with director Kelly Rundle and historian Dr. Edgar Epperly.

Villisca: Living with a Mystery will be broadcast and released on home video in 2005.  Parental guidance is suggested.

The Rundles are former Iowans now living in Los Angeles, California where they own and operate Fourth Wall Films, a film and video production and publishing company.

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Contact:
Kelly Rundle
Fourth Wall Films
310.398.0015
villisca@aol.com
www.villisca.com


August 11, 2004

Successful summer Villisca mystery documentary film tour ends with special encore showings in Des Moines

DES MOINES--Kelly and Tammy Rundle left their Los Angeles home with their newly completed documentary feature film Villisca: Living with a Mystery on June 2, 2004.  90 days, 40 showings, 24 cities, and 5 states later they return for three special final events in Iowa at the State Historical Building Theater in Des Moines where the unprecedented tour began.

Villisca explores the history and mystery surrounding the still-unsolved 1912 Villisca, Iowa axe murders of eight.  The film asks the question: what if murder visited a small town and never went away?  It also examines a possible link between similar mass murders in five midwestern states.

Rather than book the film in modern theater multiplexes, the Rundles uniquely chose to place their documentary in historically relevent venues to further immerse their audience in the past during the show.

"I don't know of any filmmaker who has taken this approach over such a long period of time and in such a large geographic area," said director-writer Kelly Rundle.

"It's been a real pleasure to see the film with our audiences at each event and to have a chance to answer questions and discuss the story following the showings," said producer-writer Tammy Rundle.

Both entertaining and thought provoking, "America's Greatest Unsolved Mystery" has been overwhelmingly well received by audiences and has prompted glowing reviews from media critics.

The Des Moines Register's Jeffrey Bruner gave the documentary 3 stars, and said, Villisca: Living with a Mystery discusses what many have refused to speak about...terrific interviews...accessible and not academic."

Quad City Times film critic Linda Cook gave the film 4 stars and said, "Impressive...a fascinating tale...I'm still astonished at this well-made film!"

Villisca combines period photographs, computer animation, original art, limited reenactments, and interviews with historians, town residents, eyewitnesses and forensic experts to shed light on the 92-year-old mystery, and to reveal the face of a new suspect.

Summer film tour highlights included the gala premiere in Des Moines, near sold-out showings in numerous locations; wide-spread television, radio, and print media attention; showcasing the film in beautifully restored theaters across the midwest including three showings in the Montgomery County Court House where the axe murder trials took place in 1916 and 1917.

Each showing in Des Moines will feature pre-show ragtime music and magic lantern slides, a lobby display of historical artifacts including the infamous axe, the 2-hour historical documentary, and a Q&A with the filmmakers and historian Dr. Edgar Epperly.  Epperly has spent nearly 50 years researching the axe murder story.

Villisca: Living with a Mystery will screen three final times in Iowa at the State Historical Building Theater on August 20, 2004 at 7:00 pm and on August 22, 2004 at 2 pm and 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $8-$10/pp at the door and advance tickets are available online at www.villisca.com.

National and international broadcast and home video release is slated for 2005.  Parental guidance is suggested. Visit www.villisca.com for more information.

The Rundles are former Iowans now living in Los Angeles, California where they own and operate Fourth Wall Films, a film and video production and publishing company.

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Contact:
Fourth Wall Films
POB 341610
Los Angeles, CA 90034
villisca@aol.com
www.villisca.com


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