One The Ice, which was shot entirely on location in the director’s hometown of Barrow, Alaska, just became available digitally and via cable VOD after an in-theater run in select cities earlier this year. On The Ice premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won the Best First Feature award, as well as the Crystal Bear at the 2011 Berlinale. The film has gone on to play at more than 30 film festivals worldwide and has received numerous accolades. You can check out the awesome trailer here and more info below.
Synopsis: Shot entirely on location in Barrow, Alaska, On The Ice is the engrossing and suspenseful feature film debut by filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean about two teenage boys who have grown up like brothers go about their lives in the 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, the two boys are forced to explore the limits of friendship and honor.
“An authentic look at life in remote Alaska.” – The Los Angeles Times
“On the Ice is stark, unadorned, timeless and yet of the moment. Wear your mittens.” – Marshall Fine, Huffington Post
“A Must-See.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire.com
“Taut suspense and a stark visual beauty.” – David D’arcy, Screen International
“This debut feature from its native son Andrew Okpeaha Maclean skillfully embeds a simple story within a complex, transitioning culture. – Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times
“A marvel of classical concentrated storytelling.” – Village Voice