Often compared in look to "Never Cry Wolf" and in theme to "Chariots of Fire", ATTLA is a film biography of George Attla, an Athabascan Indian whose against-all-odds battle to become a champion has made him one of the north country's great living legnds.
Shot on location above the Arctic Circle in the remote wildness of Alaska, ATTLA has been widely acclaimed for its exotic ambiance, memorable characters, stunning cinematography and compelling musical score. One critic described it as "a film whose emotions are as great as the incredible land in which it takes place".
Perfectly dovetailing with the film's thematics and sensibilities, ATTLA's musical score combines the talents of Windham Hill founder and artist William Ackerman and Academy Award winning Buffy Sainte-Marie. Lyric and sparse in depicting an Arctic dawn or driving and full-bodies during the climactic race sequence, the musical soundtrack well suggests the unsurpassable beauty and uncompromising rigors of the country as well as the warmth, humanity and spirit of its inhabitants.
This vibrant musical score has been applauded by film critics and audiences alike: "The musical score and performances by Will Ackerman and Buffy Sainte-Marie all add to the poignancy of this most unusual movie" - Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle. "Ther eis gorgeous cinematography, wonderful acting, a haunting musical score...it captures the heart"
-Rex Reed, New York Post