Ropewalk will be screened at the Film Dayton Fesitival. Saturday, May 15, 2010 at
10:30 AM, at The Neon, 130 E. 5th St., Dayton, Ohio. See Ropewalk on the Big Screen!
Ropewalk will be on MVCC, Time Warner Cable Channel 723 in the Miami Valley, and
DATV, Time Warner Cable Channel 20 in Dayton, Riverside, and Butler Township. See
airdates at right.
Ropewalk was screened at the da Vinci Film Festival in Corvallis, Oregon. “Of all
the films accepted for our festival, I think Ropewalk might be the film that would
have been of the greatest interest to our festival namesake. Leonardo da Vinci was
a genius, true, but perhaps his greatest gift was that of boundless inquiry.”
Ropewalk received a Silver Award for Excellence for Best Impact of Music in a Documentary
at the Park City Film Music Festival, Park City, Utah, on Saturday, January 17, 2009.
At last year's Park City Film Music Festival, Ropewalk composer and musician Bruce
Dalzell received a bronze medal for Best Impact of Music in a Documentary, for "A
Forest Returns", coproduced by Ropewalk director Steve Fetsch with Jean Andrews.
Ropewalk wins award:Ropewalk received a 2008 Award of Excellence in History Outreach
from the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums (OAHSM). The OAHSM
History Outreach Awards, presented annually since 1959, recognize projects that have
educational content, that have contributed to the promotion and understanding of
local and state history, and that have had an impact on the community.
Ropewalk premieres at the Engineers Club of Dayton:
April 25, 2008 Attendees filled the dining room and the better part of the auditorium.
Soundtrack composer Bruce Dalzell performed live, and at a reception afterwards the
crowd got to meet other participants like Athens filmmaker Steve Fetsch.
I have had the privilege of having a premier viewing of the movie "Ropewalk" and
was impressed with the content. The movie tells the story of rope but also tells
the story of an engineer who dedicated his life to the cordage industry. I have had
the honor of knowing this gentleman since 1981 when he hired me to be the Sales Manager
for Hooven & Allison in Xenia. I’m giving a DVD to our Board members, good customers,
and each of our managers in Mexico. It will give them credibility they didn’t know
Lyle Kelliher, CEO
Hooven-Allison LLC, Madison Georgia, and Hooven-Allison de Mexico, Merida, Mexico
Fellow Ropemakers , I must congratulate the whole team who have put together a magnificent
video, with much interesting historic material, we are very lucky that The Engineers
Club and the Cordage Institute have enabled Steve Fetsch to make the most of Bill
Hagenbuch's knowledge of Hooven & Allison Ropewalk and all the old films. This is
a must for any one interested in rope.
Des Pawson MBE
Footrope Knots Museum of Knots & Sailor's Ropework Ipswich, England
Congrats on finishing your film. I’m delighted that we could be of assistance. Yes,
we would love a copy of the film. We will put it on the Archives Center’s “brag”
shelf and make it available for use by AC researchers here at the Archives Center.
Motion Picture Archivist, Smithsonian Institute
Congratulations on the completion of the Hooven & Allison documentary -- I am looking
forward to seeing the whole thing!! I visited the web site and was very impressed
with the preview -- wow! Many of the graphics from the manufacturing aspect resembled
Plymouth Cordage worksite pictures.
Plymouth Cordage Museum, Massachusetts
We have received a copy of your "Ropewalk" CD, which is extremely interesting and
will be added to our extensive collection of rope and net items, archive and photographs.
Would you please pass on our thanks to whoever was responsible for mailing it to
Bridport Museum and thinking that a copy would be useful in our collection. Bridport,
in West Dorset, SW England has a long history associated with the rope and net industry
dating back to at least the 1200's. Many thanks again,
Assistant Curator, Bridport Museum, England
I received the Ropewalk DVD and it's charming and interesting. Kudos to the Dayton
Engineers for putting this together. I'm sharing it with some other tallship people
so we can use it as part of teaching about knots and the marlinspike traditions.
Tall Ship Gazela
I just looked into your excellent website. The films are real documents on ropes
and ropemaking. There is nothing comparable in Germany. Sure, I will add StoryOfRope.org
to my list. Best regards too,
Former Naval Commander, Germany
Thank you for sending the link to your documentary – what a great story! We’d like
to place a piece about it in our next alumni newsletter.
Melanie L. Miller
MIT Chemical Engineering Department
I would very much like to have one of the cordage DVDs for our research materials.
Thank you for this generous offer to not-for-profit organizations.
Executive Director, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, Ohio
It is always wonderful to be in contact with other people who have a passion for
preserving both prehistorical and historical skills. I would love to be able to show
this video in our nature center for any park patron that is interested. The DVD sounds
like it will be a great addition to our educational series.
Kentucky State Park Naturalist
I just received, and viewed my copy of "Ropewalk - A Cordage Engineer's Journey Through
History". It is AMAZING! You can order a copy at http://www.filmbaby.com/films/2752.
It was produced by the Engineer's Club of Dayton. They did an excellent job!
D&M Ropesmiths, Albany, New York
I enjoyed meeting your family last week at the Cordage Institute meeting. Ropewalk
has been a big hit at our factory. Thank you for what your family has given the rope
The Ropewalk documentary World Premiere on April 25 was a rousing success. Attendees
filled the dining room and the better part of the auditorium. Soundtrack composer
Bruce Dalzell performed live, and at a reception afterwards the crowd got to meet
other participants like Athens filmmaker Steve Fetsch. The movie’s narrator, Club
member Bill Hagenbuch, enjoyed friends and family who came from as far as Oregon
and Switzerland to attend.
The film describes Xenia’s forgotten cordage industry and and the possible future
of rope technology. Since “opening night” Ropewalk has reached cordage professionals,
museum curators and rope enthusiasts around the world.
Thanks to generous donations of money and volunteer work, the project was self-funding.
Over 280 DVDs have sold and another 250 copies have been donated to libraries, museums,
universities and historical societies. This helps fulfill the educational mission
of the Engineers Club of Dayton Foundation, through historical preservation and education
in science and technology. DVDs are available at the Engineers club, or at www.filmbaby.com.
After WWII work in radar, Bill Hagenbuch spent his career making natural and synthetic
rope at the Xenia, Ohio Hooven & Allison Company, – one of the last natural fiber
rope companies in America until its 2004 closing. This forgotten industry once employed
Since his retirement in 1986, Hagenbuch kept the local history alive with community
presentations. The new Ropewalk film preserves that history through extensive archival
footage, photographs, and a companion website, www.StoryOfRope.org.
The film contains strong relevance to today, showing how earlier globalization drove
the need to innovate, while corporate consolidation sparked antitrust reform. Ropewalk
ties together such unlikely topics as prehistoric tools, Ben Franklin, the Industrial
Revolution, railroads, hemp agriculture, drug laws, WWII, globalization, plastic,s
carbon nanotubes, and space travel.
By Mark Martel
Reprinted from The Engineers Club News, Summer 2008