Our visit to Igloolik went really well. We met about 30 people over the course of our 3 days of auditions and had a lot of fun. We weren't able to explore too far out of town, but we did manage to go on some walks around the vicinity and up on some nearby hills to get a better view of the whole area. Here's a few photos...
The hamlet of Igloolik from a hill on the edge of town
Center of town in Igloolik during the school day
This is an inukshuk on the hillside. An inukshuk is a Inuktitut cairn made out of stones, some look like people, some are more like sculpture. In this case it helps people see from a distance where the town is, but they can be used to mark all kinds of things--safe passage, a camp, food storage, a grave, etc,
Here's a bigger clearer photo of what they look like
If you look real close you can see the moon in the belly of the inukshuk above. Here's another photo of the half moon coming up at sunset that night.
We were lucky to get to spend a little time with Zacharias Kunuk. He is a filmmaker and community leader in Igloolik who runs a fantastic company called Isuma Productions, along with several other Igloolik artists and filmmakers.
Our special thanks go out to Carol Kunuk who helped us put together our casting sessions, and to both Carol and Zacharias for spreading the word about our film throughout the community.
For those of you who aren't aware of Isuma's films, I highly recommend you check them out. In particular I would recommend, Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner), The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, and Before Tomorrow.
Isuma Productions' building
Andrew during auditions
The view from Isuma looking out to the water, some kids playing out
We stayed at our new friend Guillaume Saladin's house. He runs an organization called Artcirq. It's the one and only Inuit circus group. Here's their website: http://www.artcirq.org/
Here I am all packed up and getting ready to head to the airport this morning.
We're in Iqaluit now, preparing for our auditions Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening this week. More from Iqaluit soon.