Opening its fourth season of History & Hops, the Seaside Museum brings filmmaker, musician, and artist Ron Walker to the Seaside Brewing Co. on Thursday, Sep. 26 at 6 p.m. to share two films of by gone days in Astoria.
In “Astoria in the 1950s with Liisa Penner, the viewer sees Astoria through the eyewitness account of the young girl, Liisa Penner, who is now the archivist at the Clatsop Historical Society. She recalls her youthful days of roaming the town of Astoria, riding on the ferries and working in the Koffee Kup restaurant her mother owned during those years.
Shot in the late 1980's, "Astoria, The Last Rivertown" is a collage of Walker’s filming and interviewing local residents who share their impressions and memories. Artists, fishermen, historians, and infamous Captain Jack are featured. Showing Astoria and its residents in a ‘current’ setting that is now almost 40 years old, this film has become a piece of history in itself.
Originally from Portland, Walker now lives in Seattle and Astoria. He has been shooting and editing films since the 1970’s. He also creates the graphics and composes the music for his films, often playing all the instruments in the compositions. He enjoys making films about people and their hobbies and passions. His passion is for anything related to transportation and history. As he says: “Anything that moves. I love the way that music and moving images go together.”