MORRISON – A short documentary film based on the stories of a six-generation Morrison farm recently won the Silver Eddy Award for Documentary Film in the Professional Division at the 2013 Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Independent Film Festival.
The film, “House by the Side of the Road,” brings to life the stories of the Abbott family and their farm.
Jerry Gidel, son-in-law of the Abbotts and a native of Iowa, is featured in the film as family historian.
Director Dan Schaefer saw historical significance in the farm, which is connected to the Underground Railroad and sits alongside Lincoln Highway. He also wanted to explore the changes in farming methods and practices over the years as seen through the lens of this family farm.
The film also won Best in Show in the Fine Arts Division at the 2012 Ohio State Fair, and has aired as one of the selections of the 2012 Open Lens Series on Oregon Public Broadcasting.
The film and book by the same name will be featured in a program at 6 p.m. Thursday at Cherry Valley Public Library, 755 E. State St. in Cherry Valley, near Rockford.
Attendees will watch the 30-minute film, then Pines Publishing founders Susan Abbott Gidel and Abbott Landow, granddaughters of the author, will lead a discussion about the book. Register for the free program at cherryvalley.lib.il.us or 815-332-5161.
Go to http://bit.ly/138xoFA to watch a trailer.
Buy the book or the film
The book is available at the Morrison Historical Society, 229 E. Main St. in Morrison, for $14.95.
The book and the DVD of the film (which includes a PDF of the book) are available from Amazon.com. The book sells for $14.95, while the DVD sells for $19.99.