Quality of Life: A James River Story
How does the environment we live in shape who we become? Explore the historic James River in a journey of friendship, environmental feats, and a celebration of water as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.
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. For three weeks, the team will face challenges along the way, including whitewater rapids and dams, and will question the connections we have to our rivers and why our water needs more protection.
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
Director, Producer, Editor, Expedition Team Leader, Big Fan of Whitewater
Director of Photography, Sound Recordist, Gear Manager, Phenomenal Pie Maker
Paddler Extraordinaire, ACA Canoe & Kayak Instructor, Full of Laughter
Behind the Scenes
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.
Preproduction: Spring 2021
Production/Trip: May 14 - June 5, 2021
Postproduction: Fall 2021
How to Help
If this project resonates with you, we'd love your support. We are currently in post-production and are accepting donations to help fund the completion of the project. Reach out for details!