BIFF YEAR ’ROUND 2019-20
Wed Apr 3, 2019 – 6:30 pm | Hendricks Center for the Arts
Tickets at the Door
Sat Mar 2, 2019 – 12:00 pm | Domenico’s
River to the Heart
Directed by Eddy Harris
USA | 105 min | 2018
A beautiful and yet powerful documentary which tells the story of the Mississippi River as it truly is not only the Mississippi of myth and Mark Twain, but the river which is cleaner than it was 30 years ago and yet whose eco-system is endangered by manmade disasters such as the Asian Carp invasion.
This is the personal background of the adventurer who will lead us on an incredible four-month adventure – a highly personal adventure — along the majestic waters of the Mississippi of myth and reality, past and present, taking us through magnificent landscapes, bringing us into amazing encounters and discoveries and awakening the ghosts of history.
River to the Heart will certainly recount the physical exploit, but it will also be an exploration of America itself, a look at the heart and soul of the country, its splendors, its struggles, its power and the power of its myths.
River to the Heart is a story of connection. But it is first and foremost an adventure – the rediscovery of the river and its shores; an in-depth exploration of man and nature along the Mississippi from its source to the Gulf of Mexico; its people and their lives as well as their stories – and the river’s stories. America’s stories.
30 years later, this is not the same river;
not the same country;
not the same man.
Harris wanted to see how they all had changed.
Eddy L. Harris
Eddy L. Harris was born in 1956. He is a creative nonfiction author and filmmaker, spent his early years in Indianapolis, Indiana before moving to suburban Saint Louis, Missouri at age 10. He graduated from the Saint Louis Priory School and Stanford University. Harris has served as a Visiting Writer in Residence at Washington University in St. Louis and as a faculty member in Goucher College’s writing program, and currently lives in France.