The film's primary historical consultant, Dr. Edgar V. Epperly, will take questions from the audience and sign DVDs at the event.
"Villisca: Living with a Mystery" tells the story of one of Iowa's worst mass homicide cases, the Villisca axe murders of 1912, a case that remains unsolved.
Filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films teamed with Epperly and gathered dozens of hours of footage featuring the infamous axe murder house and murder weapon. The husband and wife duo also conducted over 50 interviews with historians, eyewitnesses and other experts.
The documentary film examines various suspects and theories and explores the possibility of a connection between similar unsolved murders during that time. The DVD release features full-length commentary tracks by Epperly and the Rundles, a computer-animated walkthrough of the axe murder house, additional scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, the theatrical trailer and a rare 1963 Villisca axe murder radio broadcast.
The film qualified for the 2005 Academy Award competition in the documentary feature category.
- Nicole Weis