Ian McCluskey, Artistic Director

Ian McCluskey is an award-winning documentary film director and the founding director of NW Documentary.  His work has garnered more than a dozen prestigious awards, including four Emmys, and has been featured in international film festivals including Tribeca, London, and Clermont-Ferrand. His work has been broadcast in the US, Canada, and Europe.  His films have also screened in major museums such as the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  He studied Journalism at the University of Oregon, and creative writing at the University of Montana and Colorado College.

After working for Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), McCluskey founded NW Documentary to devote his life to telling untold stories and to mentor others to tell their own stories. Using today’s digital technology and borrowing from the traditions of photography, literary non-fiction, and documentary, his work reflects the people, place and personality of his native Northwest.

          Voyagers without Trace, 2015
          Summer Snapshot, 2011
          Eloquent Nude: The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston & Charis Wilson, 2007
          Sun Gu Ja, 2004
          Echo of Water Against Rocks: Remembering Celilo Falls, 2000

Chelsea Smith, Operations Manager

Chelsea helps run all aspects of NW Documentary; managing productions, building community partnerships, coordinating workshops and supporting the daily operational functions. She has a background in educational programming and volunteer management for international non-profits. She has a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota and has produced her own music and short films.

Megan Torgerson, Development Associate

Megan joined NW Documentary to help coordinate events for Voyagers Without Trace, and has continued to promote and distribute the film. She also assists with grant writing, in-kind contributions and donations, as well as marketing and outreach. Megan is passionate about youth access to the arts and interned for Caldera Arts. She has a B.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing from the University of Montana and continues to write poetry and music.

Jeffrey Star, Production Specialist

Board of Directors:

Erin Connelly
Ian McCluskey
Carson Mischel
Tom Parker
Kerri Lynne Thorpe
Sam Gaty

Resource Council:

Jon Combs, Pro Photo Supply
Jonathan Fine, Kaiser Permanente
Michael Kilgore, First Republic Bank
David Hamilton, Myhre Group
Emily Hascall
Yassi Irajpanah
Kathleen Lewis
Michael Dell Long, Long Law PC
Jessica Martin, Oregon Public Broadcasting
Vikki Mee
Ben Moorad
Sherine Ngai
Tom Ranieri, Cinema 21
Jennifer Smith, OHSU
Susan Sterne, Perkins & Co.