On The French Broad River
The seventy-five minute documentary On the French Broad River follows the journey of we four Torgs–Bill, Megan, Charlotte and Isabel–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.
trailer features music from Jeremy Vogt and Erika and Shawn Wellman
As a part of the through story for our film, my family and I (girls ages eight and ten) rafted from Rosman, North Carolina to the Rankin Bottoms in Tennessee. We did not raft the distance between the Marshall and Redmon dams. We rafted a total distance of 147 miles.
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Scouting the Film Set
Mile 0 in Rosman, NC to Mile 11 at Island Ford River Access
Interview with French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson
Interview with Asheville Outdoor Center David Donnell
Mile 11 to 19 Update
River Clean Up With MountainTrue
Miles 20 to 31
Miles 31 to 60
Miles 60 to 75
Miles 101 to 110: Section 9 with Blue Heron Whitewater
Miles 110 to 136 beginning in Hot Springs, North Ca
We made it! Miles 136 to 149
The through story will be that my family (wife and daughters ages eight and ten) will travel the river in sections from Rosman, NC at the headwaters to the Rankin Flats in Tennessee. As we move along the length of the river, we’ll share our learning and introduce you to the people we meet along the way.