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.
Charlotte, Bill, Izzy and Megan Torgerson on their Star Inflatables raft
We put the raft in at Hap Simpson Park near Brevard and hoped we could make it to the new Penrose Boat Access off Crab Creek Road near NC Highway 64.
Here’s our video update of how the trip went:
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French Broad River Movie Progress Report
July 29, 2016.
Be sure to check out the video at the bottom of this post.
Since at the moment we four Torgs have plans to raft the entire length of the 149 miles of the French Broad River in sections, we decided to check things out by driving along the river from Asheville, North Carolina where we live to Newport, Tennessee.
lunch by the French Broad River
This would normally be about a seventy mile drive from our house, but we lengthened it by criss crossing the French Broad as much as we could.
Section 9 River Map from River Keeper’s Guide by Chris Gibbs and Hartwell Carson
I wanted to get a glimpse of what is called Section 9, the wildest part of the river. We stopped at as many access sites as we could to shoot some video and so we would have a general idea of what to expect when we make it this far north. We also talked with lots of people, a few of whom you’ll see in our video below.
The plan is to make the film about the community that surrounds the French Broad, and the social and political issues that surround it. What you’re watching know is just an update on our progress. Thanks for checking it out!