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Northwest Documentary Arts & Media (Portland, OR 97204-3549)
Ian McCluskey (Project Director: August 2012 to present)

Les Voyageurs Sans Trace: A Frontier River Adventure in the Pre-War West

Development of a film about three French explorers who kayaked 900 miles from Green River, Wyoming, to Lee's Ferry, Arizona, documenting the American West in 1938.

In the summer of 1938, newlyweds Geneviève and Bernard de Colmont and their friend, Antoine de Seynes, set off from France on an adventure to kayak and document the great American West. They launched from Green River, Wyoming, and emerged 900 miles later in Lee's Ferry, Arizona, with their travels vividly documented in 16mm color film. The French Trio's journey offers a unique, previously unseen, window into a historic and cultural turning point for America--a first-hand pioneer experience in the pre-war West, and the beginning of a new era of recreational river runners. In collaboration with humanities scholars, and University of Utah archivists, the project team members seek support for an America's Media Makers Development Grant of $40,000 to fund preparation for a one-hour documentary film, to search out additional archival materials, to conduct further historical research, and collaborate with scholars to refine the humanities content.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

America's Media Makers: Development Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2013 – 5/31/2014