Walking the River, a film written and directed by two Hiram graduates, Ryan Rodriguez (1999, English major with an emphasis in writing and photography minor) and Jonathan Shick (2000, business major), will be shown at Hiram College on Tuesday, September 9, in the Gelbke Art Building at 9:40 a.m. A discussion will follow.
Along with Ryan Weibush, Rodriguez and Shick travel the Cuyahoga River from Cleveland into Northeast Ohio’s industrial valley, walk into national parks, discover wildlife and interview eccentric people, consider the complex watershed of the Cuyahoga River, as well as water quality issues, and paddle to the rapidly developing rural origins of the river. Complex environmental issues are addressed as stories about the river’s fiery past blend with current observations the three men make on their canoe trip. Walking the River is produced by Blue Hole Productions and funded by the George Gund Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association, and the Doll Family Foundation.
Walking the River premiered on August 15, 2008, at the Happy Days Lodge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, to an audience of 300 people. A date has been set for WVIZ broadcast in early November, along with another large show at the Westfield Theater at Ideastream in downtown Cleveland.