Hoffman Center film series: “Voyagers Without Trace”

The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the acclaimed 2015 independent documentary “Voyagers Without Trace” Friday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The film lasts 80 minutes. Admission will be $5.


Written and directed by Ian McCluskey of Portland, the film traces the 900-mile journey in 1938 of three French kayakers down the Green and Colorado Rivers. The trio documented their adventure on 16-mm color film, but it was never shown to the public.

McCluskey retrieved the film from archives. He used it, a diary, and still photos to retrace and document the journey himself with two friends.

Voyagers Poster

“Voyagers offers a vivid window to a time when the Wild West was transitioning to the Modern West, when the rivers flowed wild and undammed, before guidebooks and GPS,” said McCluskey. “The (French kayakers) set out as a new vanguard of outdoor recreationalists, packing a new set of equipment and expectations, to seek out adventure merely for the ‘joie de vivre.’”

“Voyagers Without Trace” was featured at the Astoria Film Festival in Dec. 2015, and won the Varsity Audience Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in April 2016.


McCluskey is an award-winning documentary film director and the founding director of NW Documentary in Portland.  His work has garnered more than a dozen prestigious awards, including four Emmys.

A trailer can be viewed at