Premier: ‘WaterWalk,' Featuring ‘Terrific' Work of Webster Film Students
This weekend brings the St. Louis premier of WaterWalk, a Mississippi River film marked by a familiar regional focus.
It's also marked by the outstanding work of Webster University film production students.
Based on the true story of Steve and Justin Faulkner's attempt to become the first single canoe team to retrace the Marquette/Joliet discovery route of the Mississippi, WaterWalk was shot on location in St. Louis, Hannibal, Mo. (by Webster students), and 30 other locations along the 1,000 mile route.
Webster students who worked on the film include Ellen MacPherson, Ryan Lewis, Nathaniel Calvert and Greg Schmittel.
Roger Rapoport, producer of WaterWalk, credited students from Webster University with:
“an amazing job. They comprised our second unit in Missouri, doing excellent work in St. Louis and Hannibal as well as the Alton area.
“We are especially grateful for their the closing shots in St. Louis at the end of the film. Anything shot on the water is difficult and they did a great job handling the Mississippi which was at flood stage during our Hannibal shoot. Panoramic wide shots of the river were terrific. Clearly the Webster program is attracting and nurturing major student talent.”
The film's St. Louis premiere is Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m., at Ronnie's 20 Cine. It also screens at 4:10 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 and 13. Ronnie's is located at 5320 S. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis.
WaterWalk author Steve Faulkner will lead a talkback following the 7 p.m. Nov. 11 screening. In addition to good critical notices, the film has enjoyed a number of sellouts at cinemas, colleges and festivals in more than 70 Midwestern cities.