A father and son retrace the 1,000-mile Marquette/Joliet journey from the top of Michigan down to the Mississippi at St Louis. Based on a true story, they encountered storms, exhaustion and eventually they encountered each other.


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Credited cast:
Steven Faulkner
Chase Maser ...
Justin Fauklner
Mary MacDonald Kerr ...
Joy Faulkner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eva Balistrieri ...
Jacqui Bernhardt ...
Clerk at Wisner's
Joe Carmolli ...
Steve Wideman
Bank Teller
Lee Ernst ...
Bookstore Owner
Jess Ferrone ...
Joe Genia ...
Tribal Elder
Julia Glander ...
Sandy and Brittney's Mom
Laura Gray ...
Mrs. Wilson
Heidi Griswold ...
Sunbather on Cigar Boat
Torrey Hanson ...
Father John
Tom Harryman ...
Father Michael


A father and son attempt to get to know each other on a crazy, epic 1,000 canoe trip across the Midwest. Following the 300+ year old pioneering journey of Marquette and Joliet journey, they set out without proper preparation, experience or the right equipment to do something no-one had attempted since that time. Based on a true story from the book by Steven Faulkner, this extraordinary adventure captures some of the most beautiful scenery in the Midwest and captures the heart as father and son struggle against the elements and each other to understand their own journeys. A moving, literary and spiritual family journey from the Upper Peninsula, through Green Bay, up the Fox River, down the Wisconsin River and finally to the mighty Mississippi and St. Louis. Written by James Sparling

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Could a journey of 1,000 miles bring a father and son together



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3 May 2012 (USA)  »

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$125,000 (estimated)

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Great Acting and Cinematography
12 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An inspiring family friendly film, based on a true story Waterwalk features co-star Bob Cicchini (Godfather III, Six Feet Under, The Mentalist) who also directs. The film introduces 19 year-old Chase Maser in his first lead role. Maser, who is in four other films out this year (AWOL, Family Weekend) , plays the role of Justin Faulkner who persuades his father Steve to join him in an attempt to become the first single canoe team to paddle the 1,000 mile Marquette.Joliet discovery route of the Mississippi. Beautifully acted with a wonderful supporting cast, this is a showcase for the American heartland. Funny, heartwarming, beautifully shot by Bruce Schermer (he filmed Sundance Grand Prize winner Chameleon Street and most of Roger & Me), Waterwalk is a film you won't want to miss.

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