Andrew Okpeaha MacLean to become a part of the nominating and voting body of the Oscars
In December 2017, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, an Iñupiaq filmmaker and a 2004 Princess Grace Award winner, was invited to serve on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences committee. The Native Sundance Institute alumni will join this prestigious committee that nominates and votes for the year’s Oscar winners. Andrew is one of three Native American filmmakers chosen this year, along with Zacharias Kunuk (Home) and Alanis Obomsawin (Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Metis Child and Our Nationhood).
Since receiving a scholarship from the Princess Grace Foundation, Andrew has shown his films at several museums, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian. In addition, he has premiered several of his films at Sundance Film Festival, including Sikumi, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking in 2008. For Sikumi, which translates to “On the Ice,” Andrew collaborated with fellow Princess Grace Award winner, director Cary Fukunaga.
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January 3, 2018