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Waterwalk, the Movie, premieres throughout the Parkway

Steven Faulkner, the author of Waterwalk: A Passage of Ghosts, was a featured author at the 2012 Fox Cities Book Festival in Appleton.  During his stay in Wisconsin, the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway (FWHP) sponsored Faulkner at six presentations hosted by FWHP Heritage Partners, including the Indian Agency House, Heritage Hill State Historic Park, Tripp Museum and Friends of the Lower Wisconsin (FLOW), and Paper Discovery Center.  The book presentations are an example of the collaborative efforts of the FWHP and its partners to build and promote the mission of the Parkway. Other events were held at Rendezvous Paddle and Sports in Montello and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Waterwalk is the true story of the author and his 17-year-old son’s 1996 canoe trip retracing the historic 1673 route of French explorers, Marquette and Joliet. Their 1000-mile journey began in St. Ignace, Michigan and ended 62 days later in St. Louis, Missouri. They paddled the Lake Michigan shore to the Fox River, through the Portage Canal to the Lower Wisconsin River, continuing to the confluence of the Mississippi River and down to St. Louis, Missouri.

Waterwalk, the movie, which was based on Steven Faulkner’s book, was filmed on location along the scenic Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway corridor in 2010.  The movie includes scenes in Green Bay, Oconto, Appleton, Oshkosh, Portage, Spring Green, Boscobel and Prairie du Chien.  A pivotal scene of the film occurs in Appleton, where the canoe capsizes; they nearly drowned and lost many of their supplies.

The film was directed by co-star Robert Cicchini, well known for his film and television career (Godfather III, Dream Girls, The Mentalist, Law and Order, Six Feet Under).  Waterwalk also features 19 year-old Chase Maser in his first lead role.  Maser appears in five other films set for release this year. Cinematographer Bruce Schermer was director of photography on Sundance Grand Prize winner Chameleon Street and shot most of Michael Moore’s first Film, Roger & Me.

Wisconsin actors in the film include April Paul, Angela Iannone, Deborah Staples, Lee Ernst,  Jacque Troy, Laura Gray, John McGivern, Shayne Steliga, Sidd Valicharla,  Doug Mancheski, Eva Balistrieri , Lori Woodall, Maggie Kelly and Jenna Silvestri.

The Composer, Rod Schaub, produced award-winning Up From the Bottomswhich appeared recently on PBS. The film’s producer, Roger Rapoport, co-wrote the screenplay with Richard Harris.

The Wisconsin premiers of the movie were held on April 30 at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and at Appleton West High School auditorium on May 1, with the producer, director and several actors in attendance.  On May 22, a screening of the film hosted by Arts Wisconsin will be held at the Point Theater in Madison beginning at 8pm.  The film is expected to be released in theatres in Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Oconto, Boscobel, Spring Green, Prairie du Chien, Platteville, and La Crosse.

The FWHP is pleased to support the book and filmWaterwalk. Through narrative and beautiful cinematography, the story tells the moving story of the reconnection of a father and son paddling on the same waterways that have captivated mankind for thousands of years.

To purchase the book, and learn more about the author, visit For more details about the film and locations of premiers around the state and nationwide, visit

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