Accepted to Queens World Film Festival

We at Torg Stories are excited to announce that our film On the French Broad River has been accepted to the Queens World Film Festival in New York City.

The film will screen on Sunday morning March 19th, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in the Zukor Theater at Astoria Kaufman Studios. Click here for more information about the festival.

trailer features music from Jeremy Vogt and Erika and Shawn Wellman

The seventy-five minute documentary On the French Broad River follows the journey of we four Torgs as we raft 147 miles from Rosman, North Carolina, through class III and IV whitewater rapids, all the way to Douglass Lake in Tennessee. With environmental themes related to water quality and best management practices within watersheds, this film is about the river, the people who use it, and the social and political issues that surround it. Utilizing interviews with those connected to the environmental organizations RiverLink and MountainTrue as well as with experts in the fields of biology, wildlife conservation, and geology, this is an educational and heartwarming film for the whole family.

On the French Broad River Torgerson French Broad River Paddle Trail Asheville Rosman MountainTrue RiverLink

Charlotte, Bill, Izzy and Megan Torgerson on their Star Inflatables raft

 

The End of our River Journey! Miles 136 to 149

Along with my wife Megan and our two daughters, we have completed our goal to raft 149 miles of the French Broad River from the headwaters in Rosman, North Carolina to what is called the Rankin Bottoms located just northeast of Newport, Tennessee.

The trip was a part of our project to make a movie about the French Broad River, the people who use it, and the social and political issues that surround it.

The rafting trip was just the first phase of this project. I am now writing about the river and continuing to interview those related to the French Broad. This includes Brevard College Professor of Environmental Science Jennifer Frick-Ruppert and University of North Carolina Asheville geologist Jackie Langille. I will continue to post the periodic update about our French Broad River movie project.

French Broad River, Star Inflatables, rafting, kayaking, Asheville

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Miles 110 to 136: French Broad River Movie Update

This progress report covers two days of rafting. 

  1. First Day: We put in at the Nantahala Access near the bridge in Hot Springs, North Carolina. The sign at the access center says that non commercial traffic is welcome. We rafted with my sister Anne and took out at the Wolf Creek Access near Del Rio, Tennessee.
  2. Second Day: We began at Wolf Creek Access and rafted to the Highway 25 / 70 boat ramp just southeast of Newport, Tennessee.

We at Torg Stories are making a film about the French Broad River, the people who use it, and the social and political issues that surround it. As a part of this film, my wife Megan and daughters Charlotte and Isabel are attempting to raft from the headwaters in Rosman, North Carolina to the Rankin Flats, just northeast of Newport, Tennessee. This is a distance of 149 miles.

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Rapid named “The Falls” near Mile 133 of the French Broad River 

 

Got questions, comments or ideas for our project?

Love to hear from you!

Click here to find the Facebook page for our movie.

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Thanks for being interested in what we are up to at Torg Stories!