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On the Ice  (2011) / Qaggiq  (1989)

On the Ice (2011)
November 21, 2014 - 7:30 pm

On the Ice (2011)

Directed by
Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (Iñupiaq).

Director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean’s first feature offers an elemental morality tale set amongst modern Iñupiaq residents of stark Northern Alaska.  Lifelong friends Qalli and Aivaaq meet with tragedy, and together construct a lie that affects their families, community and themselves.  The superbly constructed morality tale points up tensions within an ancient but evolving culture.

Silverwood Films, On the Ice Productions, Whitewater Films, Goldcrest International, Buffalo Bulldog Films.  Producer: Cara Marcous, Lynette Howell, Marco Londoner, Zhana Londoner.  Screenwriter: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean.  Cinematographer: Lol Crawley.  Editor: Nat Sanders.  Cast: Josiah Patkotak, Frank Qutuq Irelan, Teddy Kyle Smith, Adamina Kerr, Sierra Jade Sampson.

35mm, color, 96 min.

Qaggiq (Gathering Place) (Canada, 1989)

Directed by Zacharias Kunuk.

Director Zacharias Kunuk’s whimsical and captivating film depicts an Inuit camp in the 1930s, as families gathers in a communal igloo to celebrate the coming of spring.  Songs, dances and contests of skill are interrupted by interfamilial drama, when a man asks for the hand of an elder’s young daughter.

Producer: Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn. Screenwriter: Zacharias Kunuk.

Digital video, color, 58 min.

Preceded by

Natchiliagniaqtuguk (Seal Hunting With Dad) (Canada, 2005)

Directed by
Andrew Okpeaha MacLean.

This lyrical, short documentary chronicles a day of bonding and learning, between a father and son straddling different sides of a vanishing tradition.

Digital video, color, 11 min.