Tribal representatives will take part in special National Native American Heritage Month presentation of the film

October 31, 2017 (Davenport, Iowa) – Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films are pleased that their new documentary Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City will be showcased during National Native American Heritage Month at the Putnam Museum’s National Geographic GIANT Screen on Sunday, November 5th at 2 p.m.

The family-friendly film program will include the movie, a Behind-the-Scenes featurette, Q&A with Native American tribal representatives, including Ioway Tribal Historic Preservation Officer/artist/scholar, Lance Foster, from the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and Omaha Tribal Elder, Calvin Harlan and archaeologist, Dale Henning. Members of the cast and crew will also take part in the panel discussion. Items related to the film will also be on display. 

The Emmy-nominated Moline-based Fourth Wall Films successfully competed with 32 other production companies nationwide in March 2016 and was selected to produce the 20-minute film for a state-of-the-art 40-seat theater in the new South Dakota’s newest State Park, Good Earth at Blood Run Visitor Center. The Rundles engaged the services of Quad Cities and Iowa talent to successfully complete the project.

Good Earth: Awakening the Silent City presents the fascinating story of the Good Earth historical and cultural site as told by a fictional Native American grandfather to his grandchildren. Produced in 4K, the documentary combines vivid present-day views of the park's scenic vistas and wildlife, combined with dramatic historical reenactments portraying daily life in the year 1650, ‘awakening’ the story of one of America's largest cities.  The film features commentary from tribal elders and representatives, and an archaeologist.

"The film is part documentary, part nature film and part narrative," said producer Tammy Rundle.

The Good Earth village site was occupied between 1500 and 1725 by ancestors of the present-day Omaha, Ponca, Ioway and Otoe tribes, making it one of the oldest long-term habitation sites in the United States.  At its peak around 1650, the site was home to 6,000-10,000 residents--more than Boston (2,000) and New York (New Amsterdam-1,000) in that same year. It was a thriving and important Native trading center for pipestone, bison hides, pottery, agricultural goods and culture.  The once-vibrant city featured lodges of many different sizes, earthen mounds, and an eighth-of-a-mile-long serpent effigy.

Fourth Wall Films is an independent media production and distribution company formerly based in Los Angeles, California and now located in Moline, Illinois.

Tickets for the program are $8.50 and it is recommended to purchase in advance due to a limited number of seats available. To purchase tickets, visit http://putnam.org/Calendar/Good-Earth-on-the-GIANT-Screen or call 563-324-1933.

For more questions, contact Amanda Crosby at acrosby@putnam.org or 563-336-7291.

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