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August 4, 2011 / California Film Institute Blog

On The Ice: an Award Winning Film That You Can Help Distribute!

On The Ice

On The Ice, by director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, may be one of the most innovative films to reach US audiences in many ways. There are the statistical firsts: This is the first movie made by an Iñupiaq director, and the first with a cast composed entirely of Inuit actors. There’s the location: Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in the US, and a place where the sun rises in January, and doesn’t set again until November.

Then, there’s the storyline. On The Ice focuses on two teenagers, Qalli and Aivaaq. One morning, while on a seal hunt with their friend James, the three get into a fight, and James is killed. The two friends lie about what happened, calling it an accident. Meanwhile, the entire town is shaken, and the two are left dealing with the guilt resulting from their actions. As the community becomes more suspicious of them, they create more lies to get away with it, testing their friendship and honor in the process.

Finally, there’s the production. On The Ice is still raising money to finance its distribution in the US, and is doing so through a Kickstarter campaign. This means that you, the potential viewer, can become a part of the distribution process by donating to the film. You will help finance the film’s trailer, creation of prints, advertising, and marketing. But your donation won’t go without reward – anything from a download of a deleted scene to a guided trip to Barrow, Alaska, depending on the size of your donation. As of this posting, the film is less than 1/8th of the way towards its goal of raising $80,000, and has only one month to fulfill its goal, so go ahead and donate!

Awards: 2011 Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival, Best of SIFF

Clickhere to donate: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/andrewmaclean/on-the-ice-the-movie

Director: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean

Writer: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean

Cast: Frank Qutuq Irelan, Adamina Kerr, John Miller, Josiah Patkotak

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