On the Ice
This blending of new mainstream influences and traditions that stretch back thousands of years is happening in cultures all over the world.
In this engrossing and suspenseful feature film debut by filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, two teenage boys who have grown up like brothers go about their lives in the comfortable claustrophobia of an isolated Alaskan town. Early one morning, on a seal hunt with another teenager, an argument between the three boys quickly escalates into a tragic accident. Bonded by their dark secret, the two best friends are forced to create one fabrication after another in order to survive. The shocked boys stumble through guilt‐fueled days, avoiding the suspicions of their community as they weave a web of deceit. With their future in the balance, the two boys are forced to explore the limits of friendship and honor. Featuring breakout performances by Josiah Patkotak and Frank Qutuq Irelan.Sundance Film Festival 2011
ON THE ICE is centered around the lives of young men in a rural, Iñuit village in arctic Alaska. I wanted to show how kids in that part of the world are forming their identities from mainstream American influences like the hip-hop music scene, as well as traditions that stretch back thousands of years. This blending of new and old is happening in cultures all over the world. The story is built around the killing of one of those young men, a killing caused by two of his friends. The two killers struggle with their own guilt, forced to deceive a small tight-knit community reeling from a tragedy. Andrew Okpeaha MacLean