Voyagers Without Trace

The NW Documentary released our most recent feature length documentary, Voyagers Without Trace, in 2015. The film tells the story of three French adventurers who, in 1938, were the first to kayak the greatest rivers of the American West. Newlyweds Genevieve and Bernard de Colmont, and their friend Antoine de Seynes were three dashing young Parisians seeking adventure. The trio traveled from their homes in France, boldly setting out to be the first to kayak the Green and Colorado Rivers.

The trio captured their 900-mile journey on 16mm color film, but the film has remained unseen in an archive for years. It 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. They 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. Genevieve, who turned 22 on the journey, became the first woman to solo paddle the two rivers. She and Bernard were on their honeymoon, married just weeks before the trip. Bernard and Antoine were best friends who had a long history of filming their adventures.

They called themselves, “Les Voyageurs Sans Trace,” voyagers without trace, gliding lightly down the river, packing minimally, and vanishing into history.

Visit the official website: frenchkayakfilm.com

Watch the Trailer: Voyagers Trailer

Summer Snapshot (2012) DVD

Summer Snapshot

Summer Snapshot plays out, shot by sun-kissed shot, an idyllic day at a mountain river where a group of friends spend an afternoon skinny-dipping, strumming guitars, and circling a campfire. Reminiscent of a 1970s home movie, Summer Snapshot is a nostalgic reflection on the fleeting window between youth and adulthood.

Summer Snapshot was an official selection at over 30 film festivals around the world, including Tribeca, Clermont-Ferrand, and London. Visit the official website to learn more about this NW Documentary original work. DVDs of this film are available in our store.

Eloquent Nude (2007) DVD

Eloquent Nude

Eloquent Nude: The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston and Charis Wilson explores the relationship of renowned photographer Edward Weston and Charis Wilson, his wife, model, and muse.

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 Nudepresents 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 in 2008.

Visit the Eloquent Nude website to learn more about this NW Documentary original work, or visit our store to purchase the Deluxe Edition DVD.

Bare As You Dare: Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride (2014) DVD

Bare As You Dare

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 explorers  the variety of experiences and meanings the annual event holds for participants. Some ride as a display of vulnerability and environmental awareness of transportation, while others ride to break out of their shells or contend with issues of health and body image. Whatever they ride for, this short celebrates the joy of “baring as you dare” in the world’s largest naked bike ride.

More information on this film is available on the official website. To purchase a DVD, visit our store.

SunGu Ja (2004) DVD

Sun Gu Ja

Sun Gu Ja: A Century of Korean Pioneers 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 four Telly Awards, for best Cultural Documentary, Historic Documentary, and Educational Documentary.

DVDs of this film are available for purchase in our store.

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