Courtesy Seaside Public Library
The Friends of the Seaside Library will host documentary filmmaker Ron Walker as he presents his film series “Astoria the Last Rivertown” and “Uppertown Girl” 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. The event will take place in the Community Room.
To make “Astoria the Last Rivertown,” Walker roamed the sidewalks and waterfront with his camera. He searched for longtime residents who would grant interviews for this documentary. He spoke with historians, artists, fishermen and sea captains as they shared their love for Astoria and recounted memories.
In “Uppertown Girl,” the late Irene Gunderson shares vivid memories of her childhood in Astoria. These were the days before the fire of 1922, when the streets were lit with oil lamps, downtown was built on pilings and people traveled by horse and wagon or streetcar in the town. The film illustrates her stories with historic photos, original music and pen-and-ink drawings.
Together, the films are a tribute to the beauty and history of Astoria and her residents.
Walker learned the craft of filmmaking when he worked as the resident music composer for the Film Loft in Portland in the 1980s. During this period he composed the music for the Mount St. Helens film “This Place in Time,” which is shown at the Mount St. Helens Interpretive center.
Walker shoots, edits and composes the music for the films he produces. His films are about people, their hobbies and passions, and often feature historical themes centered on the North Coast.
The Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway St. For more information, call 503-738-6742 or visit seasidelibrary.org.