“Apalachicola River: An American Treasure” is a memoir of sorts: it is the photographic story of the history of Native Americans and other settlers whose descendants still live in northwest Florida.
Apalachicola. The word rolls off your tongue, evoking images of something complex, mysterious, ancient, and timeless.
The Apalachicola River is all of those things. The headwaters of this river are in north Georgia, along the Appalachian Trail. It flows south through rural northwest Florida into the Gulf of Mexico.
Local filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus specializes in nature film documentaries and has produced several award-winning films. His last PBS special, “Living Waters: Aquatic Preserves of Florida” took him across the state where he filmed stories about twelve aquatic preserves. During his travels he realized there was an untold story in his own back yard: a story about the “big river”, which is what local people call the Apalachicola River. Stoltzfus had a vision of a unique collaboration of ideas that would showcase film, art, science, politics, and nature; and that would also include stories of life, love, and loss throughout history into the present time.
Apalachicola River: An American Treasure” is a memoir of sorts: it is the photographic story of the history of Native Americans and other settlers whose descendants still live in northwest Florida; it is the story of people who make their living from the river; it is the story of politics and water wars between Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. It showcases the haunting beauty of rarely seen places like the River Styx, Dead Lakes, Kennedy Creek, Chipola River and Tate’s Hell.