Directed by Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan

a Wurstundgritz production

Filmed & edited by Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan

Additional camera: Daniel Overturf

Production research: Gordon Pruett

Original soundtrack score: Kurt Tietz
composed, perfomed & recorded by Kurt Tietz
at Sunrise Recording Studios, Cape Girardeau, MO


Banks of the Ohio
performed by Kurt Tietz, Dave 'Doc' Prosser and Zane Prosser

Cairo Blues
written and performed by Henry Spaulding, 1929

Cairo Blues
written & perfomed by Lil' Son Jackson, 1949

Dipping Things in Stuff
written & performed by Andrew Jackson Jihad
© Plan-It-X records, 2008

written & performed by Rosa
© Plan-It-X records, 2008

Old Man River
written by Dave 'Doc' Prosser
performed by Old Santa Fe, 2010

When You Drop Off at Cairo, Illinois
written and performed by Billy Murray, 1916

Narration: Robert Streit

Archive footage:

Cairo: City in Turmoil
used with kind permission of
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, IL
© 1969 WSIU-TV

The River
directed by Pare Lorentz
U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1937

Man Against the River
Pathe News, Inc., 1937

Flatboatmen of the Frontier
National Geographic

Ice Harvest
Amateur film, 1919

In The Suburbs
On Film Inc., 1957

The Plantation System in Southern Life
Coronet Instructional Films, 1950

Flatboatmen of the Frontier
ERPI Classroom Films, Inc. 1941

Clips courtesy of
The Prelinger Archive
Creative Commons Public Domain license

Cairo demolition footage courtesy of BobSwenson

Cairo fire news report:
WSIL-TV, Carterville, IL
used with kind permission

Civil-rights photographs:

Preston Ewing
from: Let My People Go
Cairo, Illinois 1967-1973
Southern Illinois University Press © 1996

With thanks to:

Ace of Cups, Cairo, IL
American Commercial Lines, Cairo fleet
Cairo Customs House Museum
Cairo Public Library
First Praise Missionary Baptist Church, Cairo, IL
Fred's Fish Market, Cairo, IL
Goodbread's Lost Acres, Olive Branch, IL
Mighty Rivers Church, Cairo, IL
Nu Diner, Cairo, IL
Ouida's, Olive Branch, IL
Shemwell's BBQ, Cairo, IL
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
WSIU-TV, Carbondale, IL

Special thanks to:

Mack Ashman, Dave Carter, Wilma & Lee Carter, Rebekka Cartwright, Rick Casper, Anthony Chambliss,
Judson Childs, Chris Clavin, Glenda Cross, Clarence Dossie, Stace England, Rachel Ensor, Preston Ewing,
Mark & Lisa Glaab, Ken & Kathy Goodbread, Renee Goodman, John Haller, Bill Harrell, Richard Hightower,
Pam James, Adele Jordan, Jane Kobler, Barbara Lang, Byron Madison, Jay Manus, Louise Ogg, Dan OverturfChanterelle Patton, Don Patton, Greg Petrovich, Nancy Novak Philipper, Glenn Poshard, Rev JL & Alberta Posey, Rev Larry Potts, Dave 'Doc' Prosser, Gordon Pruett, Redbeard, Donna Raynolds, John Samuel, William Shackles, Darrell Shemwell, Chris Morgan & Ira Shuemaker Tim Slapinski, Monica Smith, Deb Brown & Mickey Soltys, Mark 'Squirrel' Story, Bob Streit, Bob Swenson, Brian Swodoba, Jak Tichenor, Kurt Tietz, Harry Lee Williams

and the people of Cairo, Illinois

in memory of
Mark 'Squirrel' Story
1960 - 2011

© Wurstundgritz 2012. All rights reserved.

No assumption should be made that any person or organisation shown or mentioned in the motion picture have endorsed this production.