Published Dec 9. 2017 - 4 years ago
Updated or edited Dec 9. 2017

River of Life

For the 50th edition of Catch Magazine, T-Motion Theater presents a very special film called “River of Life.” In 2015/16 Todd Moen captures the reflections of 3 women dealing with breast cancer while out fly fishing on the waters of the Pacific Northwest. The narratives of Barbara Schmierer, Trisha Campbell and Carol LaBranche connect the struggles of wild, native fish with the challenges these women face in their own lives, while also capturing the magic and joy of fly fishing. The film explores life’s tenacity and its fragility. “River of Life” reflects ideas and feelings that most fly fishermen share, yet from a uniquely feminine perspective.  Breast cancer is, for the most part, a feminine struggle. But when 1 in 8 women in the United States are afflicted, it touches everyone’s lives.  This film connects our human stories with the life and health of rivers, and it reminds us of what is beautiful in the world and how easily it can be lost.

River of Life is dedicated to Carol LaBranche, aged 56, who battled with cancer and passed away October 8, 2016 before the film was finished.

After her first bout with breast cancer, Carol decided to take on a new hobby…fly fishing. This grew to be one of her life's passions. This also led to the role of secretary with the Oregon Council of Federation of Fly Fishers. She was an instrumental part of getting Umpqua Valley Fly Fishers started in Roseburg, Oregon. Casting for Recovery was the next step in that fly fishing process. Her desire to help others and give back led to starting a retreat in Oregon for women with breast cancer.

Filmed in three different locations, A big thank you to
Kelsey Helfrich -
Chris Daughters -
Jennifer Mitchell -

Special thanks to these individuals & companies who supported our project...

Thomas Hall
Gary Jurden
Kirsten Kinsman
Geri Meyer
Jim Murphy
Michael Contino
Patriot Timber Products
Brita Fordice
Jeff Hickman
Chris Daughters

Fish The Swing -
The Avid Angler -
Ross Reels -
Sage Fly Rods -
The Caddis Fly Shop -
Patagonia Fly Fishing -
Airflo Fly Lines -
Rep Your Water -
Littleleaf Guide Service -
Smith Optics -
Shadow Of A Trout Outfitters -
Costa Eyewear -
Athena & Artemis -
Eddie Bauer -

Production – Todd Moen Creative
Camera and Edit by Todd Moen
Narrative editing assistance by Karen Margaret Hall
and Kelley Moen

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