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On the Ice -- On the snow‐covered Arctic tundra, at the top of the world in Alaska, two teenagers try to get away
On the Ice -- In Barrow, Alaska, teenagers Qalli and Aivaaq find their bond tested when a seal-hunting trip goes wrong, resulting in the death of their friend.


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In Barrow, Alaska, teenagers Qalli and Aivaaq find their bond tested when a seal-hunting trip goes wrong, resulting in the death of their friend. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The Best Film to show Alaska how it actually is. See more (2 total) »


  (in credits order)
Josiah Patkotak ... Qalli
Frank Qutuq Irelan ... Aivaaq
Teddy Kyle Smith ... Egasak
Adamina Kerr ... Michelle
Sierra Jade Sampson ... Uvlu
John Miller ... James
Rosabelle Kunnanna Rexford ... Aaka
Veron Kanayurak ... Roscoe
Billyjens Hopson ... Jens
Jay Rapoza ... Max
Allison Warden ... Sigvaun
Denae Brower ... Darlene
Tara Sweeney ... Dora
Tasha Taaqpak Panigeo ... Charlene
Jerica Aamodt ... Ellie
Gage Saxton ... DJ
Richard Enlow IV ... Trace
Johnnie Kunaq Brower ... Nathaniel
Olemaun Rexford ... Olemaun
Jack Packer ... Helicopter Pilot
Thomas Ahtuangaruak Jr. ... Jimmy
Robert Allen Brouilette ... Trooper Tagak
Katie Roseberry ... Teen Girl

Directed by
Andrew Okpeaha MacLean 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrew Okpeaha MacLean 

Produced by
Susanne Adamski .... executive producer
Kathryn Dean .... co-producer
Doug Dey .... executive producer
Cary Joji Fukunaga .... executive producer
D.L. Glickman .... associate producer
Marco Londoner .... producer
Zhana Londoner .... producer
Cara Marcous .... producer
Nick Morton .... executive producer
Crystal Powell .... associate producer
Nick Quested .... executive producer
Rick Rosenthal .... executive producer
Gregory Smith .... executive producer
Lynette Howell Taylor .... producer (as Lynette Howell)
Original Music by
Fil Eisler  (as iZLER)
Cinematography by
Lol Crawley 
Film Editing by
Nat Sanders 
Production Design by
Chad Keith 
Art Direction by
Kay Lee 
Costume Design by
Courtney McClain 
Makeup Department
Nicole Wodowski .... makeup department head
Production Management
Maura Anderson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kit Bland .... first assistant director
Scott Friedman .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jonathan Guggenheim .... property master
Sound Department
James Austin .... engineering services (as Jim Austin)
Danny Caccavo .... digital editorial services
Colette D. Dahanne .... effects editor (as Colette Dahanne CAS)
Colette D. Dahanne .... re-recording mixer (as Colette Dahanne CAS)
James Demer .... sound mixer
Bob Edwards .... re-recording mixer
Bob Edwards .... sound designer
Bob Edwards .... supervising sound editor
Sean England .... foley artist
David Fleming .... boom operator
Doug Ford .... engineering services
Chris Gridley .... dialogue & adr editor
Howie Hammerman .... engineering services
Nia Hansen .... effects editor
Nia Hansen .... foley mixer
Noah Katz .... digital editorial services
Mike Lane .... client services
Dmitri Makarov .... digital editorial services
Steve Morris .... engineering services
Nathan Nance .... mix technician
Shelly Napolean .... client services (as Shelly Napoleon)
Eva Porter .... client services
Daniel Scolari .... assistant editor
Clint Smith .... recordist
Corey Tyler .... foley recordist
Clayton Wood .... engineering services
Chris Barnes .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jason Alegre .... loader
Jessica Bennett .... key grip
Andrew Laboy .... second assistant camera
Adam Lukens .... gaffer
Jeff Nolde .... first assistant camera
Johnny Radzik .... steadicam
Kyle Simmons .... lighting technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Lynn Zwart .... costume supervisor (as Amy Kramer)
Editorial Department
Dylan Correll .... assistant editor
John Dowdell .... digital intermediate colorist
Craig McKay .... consulting editor
Jeanne Sison .... digital intermediate producer
Music Department
Fil Eisler .... orchestrator (as iZLER)
Nate Finan .... assistant to the composer
Nate Finan .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Dustin Bricker .... script supervisor
Nicole Compas .... production counsel
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
André Des Rochers .... production counsel
Matthew Medlin .... production accountant
Lee Meltzer .... film publicist
Blair Richman .... assistant to Silverwood Films
Phil Benson .... special thanks
Craig Kestel .... special thanks
Josh Lowden .... special thanks
Carrie Perry .... special thanks

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Rated R for language, some drug content and violence
96 min
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Aivaaq:I'm bringing him back.
Qalli:No, you didn't kill him. I did.
Aivaaq:You said it yourself. I got high. I started the fight. I pulled my knife. He's not dead because of you, it's because of me. If you go down for this, I'm finished.
Qalli:I, I'm not gonna let you get away with it. I'm gonna tell!
Aivaaq:Who do you think they're gonna listen to this time? Even now your Dad's still gonna believe me.
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42 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
The Best Film to show Alaska how it actually is., 20 February 2012
Author: David Leslie from Fairbanks, AK

This film is a triumph of Alaskan narrative filmmaking. Showing Alaskan Natives as they really live, including old traditions, dance, and hunting, next to cell phones, hip hop, and drugs. It doesn't get tied up on trying to show the beauty of Alaska, and neither the exoticness of it's peoples. Instead, it uses them to further it's themes and plot. Incredibly sensitive, honest, and entertaining.

While it's easy to say this is a movie about the evils of drugs, or the ability of the arctic landscape to drive one to insanity, the film gracefully dodges such easy targets and focuses on a story about a young man trying to grow up and a community dealing with a tragedy, which are much more open ended, accessible ideas. This allows those without any knowledge of Native Alaskans, or Alaska even, to become entranced by the story.

Don't let the non-pro cast turn you away, either. It is all native persons (no Asians pretending to native American), and the direction makes sure they're up to snuff to all other films by mature filmmakers.

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