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 Cooper’s Landing. On November 11, 2017, Clark gave one of his canoes, Juicy Lucy to Cooper before he paddled away from Columbia.
I've been filming this story since January, 2017. This video won the Award of Merit in the University of Missouri's 2018 Undergraduate Visual Arts and Design Showcase.