On The Ice won the American Indian Movie Award on its debut last December 14th 2011. The movie is directed by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean who won Best Director in the American Indian Movie Festival. On The Ice is going to be shown in selected theaters on February 17th 2012. According to Cara Marcous, one of the producers of On The Ice, they want to inspire movie fans and people with this movie. “We want On the Ice to be able to reach a significant national audience, and in doing so, we hope to blaze a trail for many filmmakers who are enthusiastically working towards the same goals. On The Ice was shot entirely in Barrow, Alaska and starred an entire Inuit cast. The director, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean is also the writer of the film On The Ice. So what is the story behind this independent film that won various awards? Let’s look more into the story of On The Ice
On The Ice is an engrossing and suspenseful debut film that talks about two young boys who grew up together. These boys have lived their lives in the isolated Alaskan town and have forged a brotherly bond. One morning while they were on a seal hunt with another young man and an argument started among them. This little argument led to a tragic accident which took them by surprise. The two teenagers vowed to keep this dark secret between them. This secret led them to fabricate lies in order to survive. They start to create a huge web of deceit which is very hard to unravel. This mystery and secret will be the greatest test in their friendship. They will have to choose and leap beyond the limits of their friendship and honor to be able to create a better future for themselves. On The Ice features Frank Qutuq Irelan as Aivaaq, Adamina Kerr as Michelle and Josiah Patkotak as Qalli. On The Ice will surely leave the audiences baffled on how these young men will create their future with the actions that they’ve taken.
Since On The Ice was shown in previous film festivals, there are already some critics who gave their opinion with regards to this film. Here are a few quotes on what movie critics have to say about On The Ice. According to Jay Seaver: MacLean makes the plot twists interesting in a number of specific, interesting ways – scenes where geography is important are shot clearly, blows to the head produce realistic concussion-like symptoms, and James’s girlfriend Michelle (Adamina Kerr) has an interesting role.
Although, there are also some critics who were not so impressed with On The Ice. Here’s a short quote from Alan Bacchus: Unfortunately Maclean is let down by his actors, most of whom sadly just don’t have the chops to pull off the emotional complexities of their heavy emotional journies. It’s the kiss of death really for a film such as this. Frank Qutuq Irelan as Aivaaq has a unique and innate toughness and edge required for the hotheaded role as the clique leader.
Make sure that you experience the debut film of Andrew Okpeaha MacLean: On The Ice
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