Cast & Crew

Cast & Crew of Throat Song

Miranda de Pencier
Writer, Director, Producer

MirandaMiranda de Pencier is the writer and director of THROAT SONG—her directorial debut. THROAT SONG premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and garnered awards at festivals around the globe, including the prestigious Best Live Action Short Award at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards. THROAT SONG was recently shortlisted for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

With offices in Los Angeles and Toronto, de Pencier has a large slate of films and television series in development. Recent producing credits include: THANKS FOR SHARING written and directed by Academy Award nominee Stuart Blumberg and starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad and the international pop star Alecia Moore. BEGINNERS directed by Mike Mills and starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. Produced with Olympus Pictures and released by Focus Features. BEGINNERS earned numerous awards including the 2012 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Plummer as well as the Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award, BAFTA Award and SAG Award for Best Supporting Actor. The film also won the 2011 Gotham Award for Best Picture of the year. ADAM starring Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher and Amy Irving and Pu- 239 for Beacon Pictures and HBO, and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney.

Prior to founding Northwood Productions, de Pencier was the Director of Development for both divisions of Robert Redford’s company, Wildwood Enterprises and Southfork Pictures. de Pencier began her career as an actress and singer performing in numerous productions on stage, television and screen including starring as Josie Pye in the acclaimed television film ANNE OF GREEN GABLES and performing on stage in the Canadian premiere productions of LES MISERABLES and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ASPECTS OF LOVE.

Stacey MacDonald Aglok

Originally from Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Stacey now currently resides in the capitol of Nunavut, Iqaluit, with her five-year-old daughter. Stacey owns and manages PUHITAQ, a 100% Inuit-owned company which specializes in film and cultural arts.

Since 2008, Stacey has worked on a number of films and other projects including STAKING THE CLAIM: DREAMS, DEMOCRACY & CANADIAN INUIT for Nunavut Sivuniksavut/EnTheos Films (a documentary that the Nunavut education system now uses as standard high school curriculum), TUNNIIT for Uniikkaat Studios Inc and THROAT SONG, a co-production between Puhitaq and Northwood Productions.

Stacey has also produced a number of cultural projects, including an Inuvialuit & Copper Inuit Drum Dance Collaboration between the Arctic communities of Inuvik, Uluhaktok, Kugluktuk and Cambridge, an Inuit Acting and Cultural Performance Workshop for 32 youth from across Nunavut and the North West Territories.

Stacey is currently producing a 13 episode Inuit language comedy television series entering its fourth season with IBC (Inuit Broadcasting Corporation) and APTN (Aboriginal Television Network).

Riel Roch-Decter
Associate Producer/Editor

Canadian born filmmaker Riel Roch Decter is currently the Director of Production for the LA based independent feature film company Olympus Pictures. While working at Olympus, Riel has helped the company produce numerous award winning feature films including Stuart Blumberg’s debut feature THANKS FOR SHARING starring Mark Ruffalo ,Gwyneth Paltrow, and Tim Robbins, Andrew Adamson’s film MR. PIP starring Hugh Laurie, Julian Farino’s THE ORANGES starring Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester, and Catherine Keener, John Cameron Mitchell’s RABBIT HOLE starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, for which Kidman was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress, and Mike Mills’ BEGINNERS starring Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, for which Plummer won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2012, Riel produced two feature length films for Olympus: BOTTLED UP written and directed by New York filmmaker Enid Zentelis, starring Oscar winning actress Melissa Leo, Marin Ireland, and Josh Hamilton which premiered at the 2103 Tribeca Film Festival, and THE WAIT written and directed by New York filmmaker M Blash, starring Jena Malone and Chloe Sevigny, which had its world premiere at the 2103 SXSW Film Festival.

Riel has also produced numerous award winning short films including THROAT SONG, written and directed by Canadian filmmmaker Miranda de Pencier. The short won the 2013 Canadian Screen Award for best live action short film, Canada’s highest film and TV honor, and has also been short listed, one of ten, for a 2013 Academy Award nomination in the short film category.

Ippiksaut Friesen
Starring as Ippik

THROAT SONG is Ippiksaut Friesen first acting role. Ippik is a young Inuk who grew up in Nunavut and Manitoba. She is a graduate of Emily Carr University with a Bachelor’s degree in animation. Ippik’s subject matter is based on current topics in the Inuit community through mix media. She directed the award winning animation THE DIMMING. In Nunavut she has illustrated children’s books in the Inuktitut language and studied ceramics and drawing at the Matchbox gallery. Ippiksaut currently works as a freelance artist working on various illustration and animation projects including her upcoming short TUKTUMIT.

Seamus Tierney
Director of Photography

Seamus gained recognition as a Cinematographer in the late 90s shooting a student academy award winning short, which was the first in a series of films that won awards from festivals all over the world including Sundance and Cannes.

A distinguished graduate of the American Film Institute, Seamus’ most recent credits include: the comedy IN A WORLD directed by Lake Bell staring Lake, Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino. He shot Josh Radnor’s directorial debut HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE starring Radnor, Malin Ackerman, Kate Mara and Richard Jenkins, which won the audience award at Sundance this year. Seamus has also shot 2nd unit on NBC’s big budget show KINGS starring Ian McShane, ADAM released by Fox Searchlight starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne (the New York Times singled out his work in the film); “The Good Guy” starring Bryan Greenberg and Scott Porter (premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival); and THE NARROWS directed by François Velle and starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Eddie Cahill and Sophia Bush, released by Cinedigm. Other recent accomplishments include VERONIKA DECIDES TO DIE directed by Emily Young and starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jonathan Tucker and Erika Christensen.

Seamus has shot over 25 Feature Films and over 45 short films such as ARTISTIC LICENSE (which won the audience award at the Austin Film Festival). His accolades also include “Movie Theatre Hero”, recipient of the 2002 Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmakers Award that screened in AMC theatres across the country; and ZEN: THE ART OF LANDSCAPING recipient of the 2001 Student Academy Award.

Produced with the assistance of:

The Government of Nunavut and the Nunavut Film Development Corporation
The Government of Nunavut and the
Nunavut Film Development Corporation


Kitikmeot Economic Development Commission & the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Kitikmeot Economic Development Commission and the
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada


The Government of Nunavut & the Department of
Culture, Language, Elders & Youth.


Written & Directed by
Miranda de Pencier

Produced by
Stacey Aglok MacDonald
Miranda de Pencier

Inspired by conversations with

Executive Producers
Qajaaq Ellsworth
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Associate Producers
Riel Roch Decter
Therese Ludlow

Director of Photography
Seamus Tierney

Production Designer
Sarah Brown

Edited by
Geoff Ashenhurst
Riel Roch Decter

Music by
Gabriel Morley

Location Sound
Simon Paine

Costume Designer
Ula Arnaquq

Ippiksaut Friesen
Innusiq – Maata Michael
Jennifer – Jennifer Kilabuk
Frankie – Brian Tagalik
Tanner – Paul Nutarariaq
Young Ippik – Dodie Netser
Sam – Miali Buscemi
Hip Receptionist – Laakkuluk Williamson
Government Worker – Ellen Hamilton
Naja – Maya Illnik
Grandmother – Beatrice Ikkidluak
Uncle – Allen Auksaq

Unit Production Manager
Stacey Aglok MacDonald

1st Assistant Director
Brandon Tataryn

2nd Assistant Director
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

First Assistant Camera
Qajaaq Ellsworth
Second Assistant Camera
Allen Auksaq

Peter Ellsworth
Grip/Assistant Lighting
Nanauq Kusugak

Boom Operator/Sound Assistant
Shawn Innuksuk

Hair/Makeup & Wardrobe Manager
Ula Arnaquq
Hair/Makeup & Wardrobe Assistant
Teena Kakki

Set Designer & Property Master
Sarah Brown

Set Decorator
Claude Roussel

Stunt Consultant
Stacey Courtney

Stills Photographer
Qajaaq Ellsworth

Peter Ellsworth
Kulukuluk Kusugak

Production Coordinator
Therese Ludlow

Extras Casting
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Charlotte DeWolffe

Head Animals Trainer
Philippe Lavallee

Assistant to Ms. Aglok MacDonald
Julie Alivaktuk

Production Assistant
Miali Buscemi

Navigator Restaurant

Editing Consultant
Grant Myers

Sound Post Production
Parabolic NY

Sound Designer
David Briggs

Re-recording Mixer
Tom Ryan

Assistant Sound Editor
Max Greene

Assistant Sound Editor
Alex Soto

Foley Editor
Wen-Hsuan Tseng

Color Correction and Finishing by
Twitch Post

Post Production Supervisor
Chris Cooper

Patrick Inhofer

Productions Insurance Services by
Aon/Ruben-Winkler Entertainment Insurance Brokers

Lighting Equipment Supplied by
Sim Video
Parktown Productions

Camera and Lenses Provided by
PS Production Services


Throat Singers/Traditional Music
Kathleen Merritt
Nancy Mike
June Shappa
Stacey Aglok MacDonald
Dodie Netser

Traditional Throat Songs

Traditional Song
Qulukpaajusi qulukpapajusi

“Sussa Appinnagu (DON’T LISTEN)”
Music performed and composed by Nuuk Posse
ULOCD-81 (ULO,3900-Nuuk, Greenland)

Special Thanks (Qujanamiik)

Cheryl Ashton
Bernadette Dean
Marianne Moore

Derek Mazur
Terrie Kusugak
Becky Kilabuk
Leslie Urdang
Max Mayer
Peter Landesman
Jonathan Wright
Claude Roussel
Mathew Knickelbein
Romeyn Stevenson
Gilles Laflamme
David Kunuk
Katherine Clarida-Fry
Joanne Taptuna
Hew Eirug
Zanne Devine
Lena Ellsworth
Qovik Netser
Peter Baril & Naullaq Arnaquq
Melee Hutton
Jennifer Baichwal
Michael & Honor de Pencier
Nick de Pencier
Mister Lee Cloutier-Ellsworth
Cathy Aitaok
Elizabeth Joss MacDonald
Nalajoss Ellsworth
Tony Romito
Laakkuluk Williamson
Finlay Gillis
Stephane Cloutier
Jason Sherman
Lou Hall
Geoff Linville
Bill Migliore
Matthew Doull& Selby Drummond
Andrea Buchanan
Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy
Brendan Doherty
Jonathan Ellsworth
Mads Sandbakken & June Shappa
Rosemary Kilpatrick

David Christensen & the National Film Board of Canada
Ajjiit: Nunavut Film & New Media Association
Jillian Fry and Sim Video
Freedom Hair Studio
Qikiqtani Inuit Association – Youth Department
First Air & Judy Skoczylas
Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik Legal Services
Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
Inuksuk High School
Tukisigiarvik Society
Arctic Ventures


Produced with the assistance of The Government of Nunavut and the Nunavut Film Development Corporation and Kitikmeot Economic Development Commission & the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and The Government of Nunavut & the Department of Culture, Language, Elders & Youth.