Andrew Okpeaha

Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
Filmmaker and Playwright
New York, NY
2008 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Rasmuson Foundation.

Andrew Okpeaha MacLean is a filmmaker and playwright from Barrow, Alaska. His Sikumi (On the Ice) is the first film to be written entirely in the Inupiaq language. It premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a special jury prize in short filmmaking. Other short films include Natchiliagniaqtuguk Aapagalu (Seal Hunting with Dad), which premiered at Sundance in 2005 and was named one of the 10 best short films at the festival by IndieWire. MacLean was recently featured in Filmmaker Magazine as one of 2008’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”
  • Artwork by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
    Sikumi (On the Ice), 2008; photo courtesy Cary Joji Fukunaga
Artwork by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean