On the Ice, a film featuring an entirely Inuit cast, has won pretigious awards and much praise, but now the Inupiaq writer/director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean is reaching beyond the festival-goers and film critics. He and producer Cara Marcous would like for On the Ice to be shown in theaters all over the country. “We are hoping to be in at least ten cities across the United States later this year,” says Marcous.
In pursuit of their goal, they’ve launched a Kickstarter.com page — an increasingly common approach among filmmakers. Two other Native-themed films of note, Winter in the Blood and The Thick Dark Fog, have used Kickstarter to solicit funding.
“So many great films of the past few years never made it to theaters because the industry just couldn’t find a place for them,” MacLean says.
Eric Kohn of IndieWire picked On the Ice as a “must-see” film as BAMcinemaFest; and at the Seattle International Film Festival, the International Federation of Film Critics awarded it a FIPRESCI prize “For presenting a universal, near-Biblical tragedy set in a little known culture recreated with compelling detail. A story told with outstanding naturalistic performances with a confident, compelling narrative.”