Directed by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
Rated R | 96 min | 2011 | USA
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 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, they are forced to explore the limits of friendship and honor.
Winner: Best First Feature – 2011 Berlin International Film Festival; Winner, FIPRESCI Prize for Best New American Film – 2011 Seattle International Film Festival; Official Selection – 2011 Sundance Film Festival; Winner – 4 other film festival awards
As a complement to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West exhibit, the Utah Film Center is partnering with UMFA to present a series of two feature films and a shorts program from Native American filmmakers, whose work represents an evolution of the Native American storytelling tradition.