Directed by Hernán Ballard
U.S / 2022 / Documentary
101 minutes

“The only documentary about rowing where there’s almost no rowing, but there is lots of adventure.” -Ellen “Magellan” Falterman
A love story. An adventure. One woman, a rowboat, and a dream to become the first person to row around the world. Solo. “The Launch” is a 101-minute documentary about Ellen “Magellan” Falterman, an adventurer from Tarkington, Texas. After years of breaking records on the Missouri river, Ellen has begun her biggest expedition yet: an attempt to circumnavigate the planet entirely on an ocean rowboat. The film documents her previous expeditions, the life events that led up to the genesis of the circumnavigation, and the relentless spirit of a woman behind it all.

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Subject Falterman, director Ballard, and a very special rowboat will attend.

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