Robert Cicchini & Steven Faulkner - "Waterwalk"

Robert Cicchini & Steven Faulkner - "Waterwalk"

Premiere date: Apr 27, 2013

When fathers quit their jobs to spend more time with their families, no one ever asks the family if they want to spend more time with them. And when fathers are laid off, they are often nervous about seizing this opportunity to know their children. Work becomes a convenient way to avoid spending uninterrupted time with their sons and daughters.

After Blue Lake, Michigan, newspaper editor Steve Faulkner is laid off, his 17 year-old son Justin could have easily stepped aside and watched his dad frantically search for another job. Instead he persuades his workaholic dad to join him on the trip of a lifetime, a 1,000 mile canoe journey retracing the Marquette/Joliet discovery route of the Mississippi. Together they travel along Lake Michigan's northern shore, through Green Bay, up the Fox, down the Wisconsin and finally the mighty Mississippi.

Braving rough water, big storms, flood stage rivers and portaging larger sections of the heavily dammed Fox, the Faulkners nearly run out of money, become minor celebrities and confront the ultimate challenge presented to fathers who leave their jobs to spend more time with their children, boredom. Paddling hour after hour they discover that they don't read the same books, watch the same movies and television shows or even know the same songs. Trying to kill time they end up singing the only music they both know, Christmas carols in July. A journey through middle America, Waterwalk is a memorable look at an archetypal journey that defines our nation and informs the heart.


Robert Cicchini|Robert Cicchini has appeared in over 25 feature films and has worked with some of the greatest directors and actors of our time. Francis Copolla, Spike Lee, Paul Mazurski, Mike Nichols, Paul Schrader, John Frankenhiemer, Steven Spielberg, Al Pacino, John Travolta, Donald Sutherland, Emma Thompson, Blythe Danner, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, Annette Bening, and Alec Baldwin. He has had a guest starring role in NYPD BLUE, LAW AND ORDER, THE SOPRANOS, SIX FEET UNDER, CSI, CSI NY, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, NCIS, 24, THE CLOSER, WITHOUT A TRACE, and COLDCASE.

Steven Faulkner| Steven Faulkner teaches Creative Writing at Longwood University, in the forested hills of southern Virginia. He has published essays in DoubleTake, Wisconsin Trails magazine, Southern Humanities Review, Dos Passos Review, The Texas Review, North American Review, and Beacon's Best of 1999.
He was for many years a truck driver, grave vault maker, newspaper and doughnut delivery driver, and for fourteen years, a carpenter. He returned to college, working nights to support his wife and children, and acquired the necessary degrees from the University of Kansas.

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