Voyageurs Sans Trace (in Progress)
Stumbling across a small historic marker, sets filmmaker Ian McCluskey on a quest to retrace the lost journey of three French adventurers who took kayaks, cameras, and beer down the wild Green and Colorado rivers in 1938.
Learning to kayak, he soon finds himself deep in the rugged and remote canyons of the American West, meeting the locals of small towns, surviving rapids, and circumnavigating massive dams. The mysterious clues lead him to France, where he finally learns the fate of the voyageurs “without trace.”
Visit the official website: Les Voyageures
Bare As You Dare: Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride (2013)
Each year, thousands of Portlanders gather en masse, take off their clothes, and ride through the city streets. Since 2004, World Naked Bike Rides happen in more than 75 cities around the globe–but Portland, Oregon, hosts (by far) the largest. Assembling a quirky cast of first-time riders and event organizers, this light-hearted documentary takes viewers along on the world’s largest naked bike ride.
Visit the official website: Bare As You Dare.
Summer Snapshot (2011)
Summer Snapshot recounts the memory of a single sunkissed day with friends at a mountain river, spent skinny dipping, strumming a guitar, and circling a campfire. An impressionistic ode to the fleeting carefree summer days between youth and adulthood.
Selected for more than 30 international film festivals, including Tribeca, London and Clermont-Ferrand.
Visit the official website: Summer Snapshot
Charis was beautiful, smart, and searching. Edward was an emerging genius in the world of photography. When they met they fell instantly in love. Setting off across the West with camera and typewriter in the depths of the Great Depression, Charis Wilson and Edward Weston transformed photography and each other.
At age 90 Charis Wilson recounts her years with Weston with great humor, candor, and some regret. Combining insight from leading scholars, rare archival images, and convincingly authentic reenactments, Eloquent Nude presents a remarkable true story of love and loss, travel and adventure, and an intimate look at the creative medium of photography.
Eloquent Nude was the recipient of three Northwest Regional EMMY Awards and was presented in film festivals and major museums like the Boston Museum of Fine Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Photographic Art.
Visit the official website: Eloquent Nude
Oregon has aways been famous for pioneers crossing the Plains in covered wagons, seeking a new start. But other pioneers came to Oregon, not by land, but by sea, bringing connections to ancient cultures, setting down new roots.
Sun Gu Ja retraces the 100-year history of Korean Immigration through first-hand stories, rare archive, and original footage, set to specially-composed and traditional music performed by Korean-Americans.
Winner of more than a dozen national awards, including the NW Regional Emmy, the CINE Golden Eagle, and four Telly Awards, for best Cultural Documentary, Historic Documentary, and Educational Documentary.
For tens of thousands of years, Celilo Falls was the gathering place of Native People across the Pacific Northwest. When the Dalles Dam was completed in 1957, its rising backwater flooded the largest waterfall in the Northwest. Two generations reflect on the loss of the falls: those who witnessed the falls in person, and their children, who have grown up knowing the falls only in photos and stories.
Echo of Water Against Rocks was Ian’s first film, made while a graduate student at the University of Oregon. It was a collaboration with Steve Mital, also a graduate student at the time. Together, they travelled up the Columbia Gorge, to Celilo Village, and the reservation of the Confederated tribes of Umatilla, Yakima, and Warm Springs. Welcomed by the Native communities, they participated in Long House ceremonies, Sweat Lodge, and annual Salmon Festivals.