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Ropewalk wins

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of Excellence for Best Impact of Music in a Documentary Film at the 2009 Park City Film Music Festival

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A non-profit documentary film production for school and public libraries, local museums, and historical societies.

Copyright © Engineers Club of Dayton Foundation. All rights reserved. Web design by MartelArt.

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Steve Fetsch directed, edited, and filmed Ropewalk. He studied film at Colgate University and has applied his craft in various public and private sector environments. Steve’s earlier film, A Forest Returns, with producer Jean Andrews, has won 9 regional and international awards including Best Documentary at the 2005 Appalachian Film Festival. Steve is a freelance filmmaker and multimedia designer in Athens, Ohio. www.ohiolandscape.org

 

Ropewalk began as Bill Hagenbuch’s slide presentation on the history of the Hooven & Allison, one of the last natural fiber rope companies in the USA. That’s only natural, since Bill is the H&A’s former president and chief engineer. He used his MIT chemical engineering degree to convert the Xenia plant to synthetics. Bill is a 60-year member of the Engineers Club of Dayton.

 

Bruce Dalzell composed, performed, and recorded the original soundtrack for Ropewalk. He also created the award-winning soundtrack for A Forest Returns. A thirty-year veteran of the music business, Bruce has performed a wide range of music with his wife Gay from one coast to the other while raising three children. They live in Athens County, Ohio. www.brucedalzell.com

 

Mark Martel’s years as an art director, writer and illustrator reach from the Internet era back to the days of hand-crafted graphics. When his work switched to computers, he began painting and drawing portraits, figures and landscapes on the side. His related work includes contributions to an indie science fiction film, TV commercials, multimedia projects and websites. Mark is Bill Hagenbuch’s son-in-law, having “tied the knot” with Kate during film production. www.martelart.com

 

Writer and oral historian Lyric Rillera helped Bill Hagenbuch prepare for the interviews, conducted the interviews for the camera, and brought the Ropewalk production idea to the Engineers Club of Dayton Foundation. Lyric’s interviewing techniques and personal touch bring Ropewalk to life, enabling director Steve Fetsch to weave the history of ropemaking with Bill’s own life story.

 

Professional photographer and family friend Timothy Hearsum spent two days in 1973 photographing inside the Hooven & Allison plant. His color slides and expressive black & white factory worker portraits, used extensively throughout Ropewalk, are archived at the Greene County Public Library. www.timothyhearsum.com

 

Tim’s mother, Mikki Hearsum, retired speech teacher and radio actress, dubbed in the voice of the interviewer. At 91, Mikki is proud she still has her “radio voice”.

 

A registered nurse in one of Ohio’s busiest ER's, Kate Hagenbuch knows how to get things done. She helped transform her father’s slide presentation, "The Story of Rope" into a PowerPoint lecture—and now into a documentary film. As executive producer, she has coordinated all aspects of Ropewalk film production on behalf of the Engineers Club of Dayton Foundation.

 

Ropewalk was funded entirely by donations. All proceeds from the sale of Ropewalk benefit the Engineers Club of Dayton Foundation, for  historical preservation and education in science and technology. www.engineersclubfoundation.org

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Original score by composer Bruce Dalzell.

 

 

Ropewalk wins Ohio History Award

Ropewalk received a 2008 Award of Excellence in History Outreach from the Ohio Association of  Historical Societies and Museums (OAHSM).

 

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