“Voyagers Without Trace” Grand Premiere

Posted on Oct 12, 2015
“Voyagers Without Trace” Grand Premiere

“Voyagers Without Trace,” Grand Premiere

What: ​“Voyagers Without Trace” Grand Premiere
Where:​ OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave. Portland, Oregon 97214
When: ​Thursday, October 22nd, 6:30 Doors Open
Tickets On Sale: ​October 1st

NW Documentary will present its newest and largest film in a special Grand Premiere event on October 22nd at OMSI. ​Voyagers Without Trace​, a feature documentary directed by filmmaker Ian McCluskey, invites viewers on a treasure hunt with him as he uncovers the story of three French adventurers who became the first to kayak down the Green and Colorado rivers in 1938, but then disappeared into obscurity.

In addition to the film, the special one-time-only event will feature live musical performances by Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists, and jazz trio Boy and Bean. Conlee will preview her upcoming album of music composed for ​Voyagers Without Trace​. The evening will also include guest speakers, special displays and photo gallery, and a post-film soiree with French-inspired food and drink.

This independent documentary was created by an all-star line up of talent, including Uncage the Soul Productions, leaders in outdoor adventure videography, and original music by Jenny Conlee of the Decemberists and Johnny Clay of The Dimes. “This film truly is the result of a creative community coming together to help tell this lost story,” says McCluskey.

In order to make the film, McCluskey, who had never kayaked before, paddled Oregon rivers, under the guidance of Paul Kuthe of Alder Creek Canoe and Kayak. In just a few weeks, Kuthe had to prepare McCluskey to take on the infamous whitewater of the Green and Colorado Rivers. He then journeyed to France, from Paris to the peaks of the Pyrenees and finally to the shore of the French Riviera to uncover this legacy of adventure.

Ian McCluskey’s films have screened at festivals such as Tribeca, London, and Clermont-Ferrand, garnering more than a dozen top honors, including four Emmys. They have been broadcast in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and screened in major museums such as the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He received the Oregon Media Fellowship for his work on Voyagers.

The film was made primarily by volunteer contribution, and in-kind donations, as well as a successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign and support from foundations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Formal dress for the evening encouraged.


Please contact:Voyagers_3

Ian McCluskey,



Jeffrey Star, Associate Producer


Rory Sullivan, Media Liaison


For more information: www.frenchkayakfilm.com