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Oct. 27, 2008

Museum of Natural History will host 'Lost Nation' DVD release party Nov. 9

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will host a DVD release party for the documentary film "Lost Nation: The Ioway" beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Macbride Hall Auditorium.

The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will begin with a special screening of the film; a question-and-answer session with Moline-based producers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films will follow the viewing.

Since its premier in October 2007, "Lost Nation" has been selected for inclusion in numerous film festivals and has received many awards, including a Bronze Telly Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Television Documentary and top documentary honors at the 2008 Iowa Independent Film Festival and the 2008 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival.

The 56-minute film explores the dramatic true journey of two Iowa brothers who traveled to Washington, D.C., in 1824 to meet with the Superintendent of Indian Affairs. They both signed a treaty that ceded a large portion of their tribal land for Euro-American settlement.

The documentary features commentary from an array of scholars, historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and Ioway elders and incorporates footage of historic sites, photographs and documents from museums across the country, and music, legends, dances, powwows and reenactments.

"We hope the film will help to restore this chapter of Iowa's rich heritage to public consciousness," 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 DVD, which was released Oct. 7, includes two commentary tracks and other additional features; it has already received acclaim. DVDs will be on sale at the event.

"The bonus features have been assembled with as much thought, care, and filmmaking savvy -- and joy -- as 'Lost Nation' itself...The extras here do exactly what DVD extras ideally should: they entertain, but they also expand your appreciation of the movie by offering so much more to appreciate," wrote Mike Schulz of the River Cities' Reader.

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History features three permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information visit or call 319-335-0480.


STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Maggie Anderson