By Terry Kovarik
Wisconsin’s role in the discovery of the Mississippi River and a father and son bonding trip are the subject of the film “Waterwalk”. It’s based on a true story of a man who decides to retrace Marquette and Joliet’s route along the Mississippi by canoe with his son. Most of the film was shot in Wisconsin and features a number of Wisconsin actors, including Mary McDonald Kerr, Deborah Staples, John McGivern and Richard Riehle. Roger Rapoport, the producer and co-writer of “Waterwalk”, says the film strives for authenticity. That’s evident in the Wisconsin, Great Lakes and Mississippi locations and the use of a 16-foot aluminum canoe. Rapoport admits he, the film crew and the actors got more authenticity than they bargained for.
Rapoport says many people who are not familiar with Wisconsin, the Mississippi River or the Great Lakes are stunned that this is based on a true story.
You can see “Waterwalk” at Bjorklunden in Baileys Harbor July 29th. An introduction session with Rapoport and some cast members is set for 12:30 with the screening to follow at 1:00.