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On The Ice

Director: Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
Narrative Feature :: Magnolia
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Screening Info:
Thursday, November 10
1:00 PM
City Stage Theater
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Sunday, November 13
7:00 PM
City Stage Theater
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Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
Cara Marcous
Lynette Howell
Marco Londoner
Zhana Londoner
Lol Crawley
Nat Sanders
Production Design:
Chad Keith
Original Music:
Josiah Patkotak, Frank Qutuq Irelan, Teddy Kyle Smith, Adamina Kerr, John Miller, Rosabelle Kunnanna Rexford, Sierra Jade Sampson, Allison Warden
On the snow-covered Arctic tundra, at the top of the world in Barrow, Alaska, two teenagers try to get away with murder. 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 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, they are forced to explore the limits of friendship and honor.

On the Ice won the Best First Feature award at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival and was named the Best New American Film by the International Federation of Film Critics at the 2011 Seattle Film Festival. Wilmington based production designer Chad Keith and Jonathan Guggenheim (of Superkiiid fame) both worked on the film.