Anchorage, Alaska — The first Alaskan feature film created by an Inuit writer and director, and featuring an entirely Inuit cast, may never make it onto the silver screen unless the creators raise enough money for distribution.
On the Ice is a dramatic thriller set in the village of Barrow, based on two young men who become involved in a tragic accident that kills a boy. Andrew MacLean, the film's writer and director, says the movie is about trying to get away with murder. It's a character study of these two young men, how they make choices and how they survive something like this, MacLean said.
MacLean grew up in Barrow and Fairbanks and says he wanted this film to explore what village life is like for a younger generation coming of age influenced by the modern world, but proud of their heritage and traditions.
The movie is based on the short film Sikumi, which was made in 2008 and won the highest honor for a short film at the Sundance Film Festival.