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We are happy to present the exclusive web only trailer and first of seven behind the scenes webisodes of The Art of Travel. Each month, we’ll premiere a new webisode - and in-between, we’ll have biweekly blogs from the actors and filmmakers, plus cool image captures from the movie.

This story has been three years in the making, and shooting the film over 7 weeks in 5 countries was an adventure for the entire cast and crew.

No, The Art of Travel is not a documentary or the retelling of the bestselling philosophy book with the same title - It is the story of Conner Layne, a high school grad with a full ride to college who finds his plans interrupted by a life changing moment… a moment which becomes the spring board to a travel adventure that ultimately changes Conner’s hopes and dreams.


What is the Darien Gap? Where is it? Why is it one of the most dangerous jungles in the world? In The Art of Travel, Conner Layne meets Christopher Loren and his wife Darlene. Both are leading a jeep expedition across this jungle - a trip that will last over 370 days!

There are no roads… They will need to make roads by hacking with machetes. When Conner decides to become the seventh member of the expedition, he has no idea how many friendships he will form and how he experience will change his life. To learn about the Darien Gap and the expedition, and how the film crew challenged the rain and
bugs, enjoy this months webisode: “The Darien”…


Thomas Whelan, Angelika Baran, Brian La Belle, Emyr G. Graciano, Christopher Kennedy Masterson (Cusco, Peru)

Salude from the Filmmakers!

Thomas Whelan
Brian LaBelle
Emyr G. Graciano
Christopher Kennedy Masterson


Before you dive into the webisodes, check out the trailer for The Art of Travel



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Cross the formidable - and deadly - Darien Gap with the cast and crew…



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How exactly do you woo a cast willing to travel into the wilds of Central America…



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THE ART OF TRAVEL VIDEO BLOG #2: “Casting The Net” –
How exactly do you woo a cast willing to travel into the wilds of Central America…



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THE ART OF TRAVEL VIDEO BLOG #1: “Gonzo Filmmaking” –
Dive into the process of pulling together the film, and the unique insanity of transporting a cast and crew into the wilds of Central America…



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4 Responses to “The Art Of Travel Blog #4: The Darien”

  1. Nikole Says:

    Thank you for this amazing movie!
    In the theater you mentioned I could get a copy.
    Where do I go to get a copy?

    This movie has inspired me to stop dreaming about the things I would love to do and to start doing them.
    Look out world here I come!

    Thank you!

  2. Benjamin Madison Says:


    Just wanted to throw in my $.02. This film seemed great in philosophy but unbelievable in reality. Having done and seen everything that the actors ‘purportedly’ did and saw, I found myself at a unique crossroads. Do I sit back and take it in for entertainment’s sake, or do I critique the film from a ‘gonzo’ point of view? Below are a list of qualities about the film that make it unbelievable:
    First, the FARC will kill you and dump you in the jungle, no questions asked. Government troops are a little bit more forgiving, in my experience. Also where would you store the cash needed to buy supplies along the way from villagers without either government troops or FARC taking it from you? Unbelievable financing. How do you get anywhere without your exit and entry stamp on your passport? The Darien is not a recognized thoroughfare.
    Ok, enough about the Darien.
    Now how about Macchu Picchu. They took the train? Seriously? True artists of travel would find an alternative route, not participating in the monopoly that is the crappy train service. Again, financing comes into play. The train they took is expensive. Alternative routes = Think Santa Teresa via Santa Maria from Cusco.
    After the split from Ana, he hangs out with locals on Titicaca (pronounced Ti-tee-wa-cah), eating reed stubs (delicious) and shooting fowl? Only natives are allowed to shoot on the lake….c’mon….
    And the capstone of the project, the joke in the Salar de Uyuni. You CANNOT rent or drive alone out there. There are gov’ment checkpoints. Only approved vehicles with approved guides are allowed on the salar. Unbelievable/impossible.
    Thanks for the show, guys….but…try to make it a bit more believable next time for the lay traveler.

  3. tom martella Says:

    enjoyed your movie. at the end of the ending credits it said “watch for conner layne to continue his adventures”. does this mean there will be a sequel? if so when?

  4. tom martella Says:

    will there be a sequel to your movie

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