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River Made | John Ruskey

John Ruskey came to Mississippi to discover the blues. After repeatedly seeing the town of Clarksdale on most of his blues records, he packed his bags and went south, guitar in hand. After years of living in Clarksdale as a blues historian, he suddenly had another calling. This time, it was the Mississippi River (or the "gut of America" as he likes to say).

John and his lead guide, former college All-American and NFL linebacker, Mark "River" Peoples paddle down the Mississippi River on exploratory adventures year round. Their goal is to change the misconceptions of the river while leaving their fellow explorers with lifelong lessons.

A Brickyard Digital Production:

Director//DP//Editor: David Ross

  • David Ross
  • John Ruskey
    Key Cast
  • Mark "River" Peoples
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 29, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - David Ross

David Ross grew up in Mississippi but now resides in Washington, D.C. His work spans everything from short films, corporate advertisements, professional sports and many other areas. His work has been featured by National Geographic, MSNBC, CNN, Mississippi Business Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and many other media outlets.

David went to the University of South Carolina for his undergraduate degree in Economics, followed by a Master of Arts in Mathematical Economics from Ole Miss.

In addition to directing and filming, David spent two and half years in economic consulting, primarily antitrust economics.

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Director Statement

I hope this video inspires people to explore themselves via adventures in the outdoors.