Water is a short documentary which focuses on two people,
Glenda and Red Beard, who live and work alongside the Ohio and
Mississippi rivers, in southern Illinois. Glenda runs ‘Fred’s Fish Market’ from a small
wooden shack next to the levees protecting the town of Cairo.
Red Beard ekes out a living in the backwoods of Thebes, on the
banks of the Mississippi. Both Glenda and Red Beard talk with
disarming candour and shrewd folk-wisdom about the traditional
culture, declining economy and fragile ecology of this ‘heartland’
region bordering the American South.
American Water is a portrait of two spirited individuals
existing on the margins of society, where two mighty rivers
meet, in a forgotten corner of the United States.
Official Selection: BFI London Film Festival 2011; Swedenborg Short Film Festival 2011; Edge of the City 2012; Tales From Planet Earth 2012; Encounters Short Film Festival 2012; Take One Action, Glasgow, 2012; Film of the Month: Independent Cinema Office (ICO)