|Published - Monday, August 18,
‘Hidden Trails' film crew takes in the sights,
takes it easy in God's country
The crew of "Back on the Mississippi Hidden Trails,
Offbeat Tales" decided to spend a little downtime Sunday in Winona.
"We chose Winona because it is a
good place for that," writer and narrator Chuck Strinz
Directed and edited by Jim Maloney, the film reveals
some of the more interesting oddities on the Mississippi's shores,
tying pieces of the past to realities of the present. "Back on the
Mississippi" is anticipated to air on public television in the upper
Midwest during Grand Excursion in July 2004.
group of filmmakers didn't just sit poolside at the Riverport Inn
during the halfway point of their 12-day filming schedule — some
kept on working.
The crew spent a few hours at the home of
retired Winona County District Court Judge Dennis Challeen to shoot
footage from his deck.
"This is God's country," Challeen said
about the view from his "boat house in the sky."
you that you're not in complete control," said Paul Markland,
The crew also shot footage of Latsch and
Spider islands, Sugarloaf and the Rock in the House in Fountain
began Aug. 10, Oquawka, Ill., and the group will travel from the
Quad Cities in Iowa to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. The next stop
for the crew is Lake City, Minn., to explore the roots of
"His enthusiasm about this project has been
relayed through these stories," Markland said of Strinz. Strinz said
he will be writing a book about what won't fit into the
Strinz came up with the idea when he used to hit the
road and stop whenever or wherever he wanted. Getting the ideas was
easy, but getting them out to people was a little harder, Strinz
"It is difficult being on camera, but the really
difficult part is the writing," he said.
With about 1,000
miles logged on the road already, many crew members said their quest
for the Mississippi's strange and titillating features has been
"I've seen a few towns where I would like to live,
given the chance," soundman Alex Alvarez said.
seeing a different landscape from his home in Miami, Fla., has been
a rewarding experience.
The crew comes from "all walks of
life" such as writing, marketing and, of course, filmmaking,
"We have a collective pool of talent here,"
camera assistant Paul Busta of Roseville, Minn., said.
previous project Busta produced said members of the same crew were
working for him. Now with a different role in the group, nothing has
"Yeah, I might be carrying a tripod now, but it's
not an ego thing. I do what needs to get done," Busta
Contact reporter Brian Krans at 453-3541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.