“Lost Nation: The Ioway”-Film Makes Oklahoma Premiere
A forgotten tale of American conquest and Native survival will come to light when the critically-acclaimed documentary film, “Lost Nation: The Ioway,” makes its Oklahoma debut in Perkins, Oklahoma.
From the creators of the award-winning documentary “Villisca: Living with a Mystery,” “Lost Nation” explores the dramatic saga of The Ioway from their ancestors – known as the Oneota – to their present day locations in Oklahoma and Kansas.
The film was featured by invitation at the Beloit International Film Festival in January 2008—one of four film festivals in the country hailed by the New York Times as an alternative to Sundance. The documentary is an Official Selection at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, April 4-5, and the Iowa Independent Film Festival, April 25-27.
Film critic Linda Cook of the Quad City Times gave “Lost Nation: The Ioway” 4-out-of-4 stars and said, “The Rundle’s “Ioway” is perfectly complete… A fantastic documentary… You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy this film.”
“Lost Nation” tells the dramatic true story of two brothers’ struggle to save their people from inevitable American conquest, and the Ioway’s current fight to reclaim and maintain their unique history and culture.
Award-winning filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle began shooting “Lost Nation” in July 2005.
“We hope the film will help to restore this chapter of Native American history to public consciousness,” Producer Tammy Rundle said. “We can’t change events from long ago, but we think viewers will relate to the courage and perseverance of the Ioway as they struggled with forces that changed their lives forever.”
The documentary project received partial funding from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as humanities organizations in Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.
The film brings together commentary from Ioway Tribal Elders and Tribal Members, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, Ioway Tribal Elders, along with new footage of historic sites, historical photographs, documents, Ioway music, legends, dances, powwows, reenactments, and art from the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma and other national museums.
The movie event sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and hosted by the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, will take place on March 29, 2008, at 6pm-8:30pm at the Perkins-Tryon High School, 1003 E. Highway 33, Perkins, Oklahoma. The special film program is free to the public and includes refreshments, the film screening followed by appearances and Q&A with the film producers and other film participants.
The Oklahoma Humanities Council is a non-profit organization that strives to stimulate discussion, inform new perspectives, and actively engage people in lifelong learning. This program is funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council () and the National Endowment for the Humanities (). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of or .
The Rundles are the owners of Fourth Wall Films, an award-winning independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.