By Terry Kovarik
Baileys Harbor hosted a special showing of the film “Waterwalk” on Sunday. It’s based on the book of the same name. A father and son bond while following Marquette and Joliet’s Mississippi River discovery route in an aluminum canoe. The bulk of the film was shot in Wisconsin and many local actors were cast. Roger Rapoport, the film’s producer and co-writer, says what Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region have to offer just couldn’t be done by Hollywood.
Rapoport says the unpredictability of the water adds to “Waterwalk’s” authenticity. One scene showing the father and son getting swamped on Lake Michigan actually took place, unscripted. It was so good that it was left in the finished film.