French Broad River Movie

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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


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Charlotte, Bill, Izzy, and Megan Torgerson

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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Updates below:

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.

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Thanks to Star Inflatables for supporting our French Broad River movie project!
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