Variety magazine is reporting that two films by Andrew McLean, including the drama "Ice," shot in Barrow, have been scooped up by a major French company for distribution overseas. Here's the key part of their report:
Paris-based sales company Coach 14 has snapped up worldwide rights outside North America to Sundance Dramatic Competition competitor "On the Ice."
Writer-director Andrew Okpeaha MacLean's debut feature, set among his native Inupiaq people in Northern Alaska, "Ice" turns on two Inupiaq teen friends suddenly needing to hide a dead body.
Shot in English and Inupiaq, and lit by Brit d.p. Lol Crawley ("Four Lions," "Ballast"), "Ice" was developed by the Sundance Institute's Native filmmakers program.
World preeming at Sundance, "Ice" will have its international premiere at the Berlin festival's Generation 14.
MacLean's "Sikumi" won the 2008 Sundance Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking. His feature-length docu, "When the Season is Good: Artists of Arctic Alaska," was acquired for broadcast by French-German cultural broadcaster Arte.