This video is produced in November 2017.
Churchill Clark took a river journey during the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial to honor his fourth-great grandfather William Clark and discovered his connection with nature. Ever since then, he has been chopping trees and making them into canoes. Even after experiencing an accident in 2009 and lost his vision for three years, Clark did not give up his passion for carving dugout canoes. Each canoe receives a name during the carving process. Clark found a cottonwood tree in Columbia, Missouri a year and a half ago and met Mike Cooper who offered him to live by the Missouri River at the Cooper’s Landing. On November 11, 2017, Clark gave one of his canoes, Juicy Lucy, to Cooper before he paddled away from Columbia.
This video won the Award of Merit in the University of Missouri's 2018 Undergraduate Visual Arts and Design Showcase.
(Wondering how I found the story? I started following Clark for an audio slideshow assignment that required me to tell a story with pictures and sound in one minute under a one-week deadline. It was on a Friday in January 2017, I drove to the Cooper’s Landing to look for artists who can’t afford to rent a home in Columbia and decided to park their tiny house at the Cooper’s Landing, and I met Clark. I did an audio slideshow and followed that saying, “If a one-minute audio slideshow makes you cry or laugh, the story is good enough to be a video,” and spent months filming Clark’s carving process. Check out the audio slideshow I produced in January 2017👇）