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Quality of Life: A James River Story

Journey on the James as we discover what's in our waters, through the lens of filmmaker, paddler, and James River native Jess Wiegandt. 

What's the Film?

"Quality of Life: A James River Story" follows the journey of four women who launch at the headwaters of the James River and paddle to the Chesapeake Bay. Two of the women are expert paddlers and have lived in the James River Watershed for many years. The other two are experienced environmental filmmakers who are excited to try out canoeing. 

 

This team will conduct a water quality survey along the way, and the film will be released in 2022 with the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. We want to know what our legislation does to actually protect the watersheds we call home. 

Meet The Team

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Jess Wiegandt 

Director, Producer, Editor, Expedition Team Leader, Big Fan of Whitewater

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Grace Eggleston

Director of Photography, Sound Recordist, Gear Manager, Phenomenal Pie Maker

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Sejal Kinker

Paddler Extraordinaire, ACA  Canoe & Kayak Instructor, Full of Laughter 

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Beth Ebisch

Second Camera, Assistant Camera/Sound, Data Analyst, Sponsor Manager

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Why Me?

With two paddlesports instructors for parents, it isn't a surprise I grew up on the water. The James River was where I learned to canoe and kayak, gaining confidence not only as a paddler but also as a woman. 

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, I want to take the time to experience my home river in a special, challenging way to find out how our waterways are protected and what we can do to advocate for more. 

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Timeline

Preproduction: Spring 2021

Production/Trip: May 14 - June 5, 2021

Postproduction: Fall 2021

Distribution: 2022

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How to Help

If this project resonates with you, we'd love your support. Our team needs donations of gear/food/gift cards to help fund the film. Reach out for details!

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