The Wings of Johnny May

This feature documentary shines a spotlight on Johnny May, the first Inuit bush pilot in Nunavik—and a legend among his people. During the 34,000 hours of flight time he’s logged, May has lived through extraordinary adventures and has had a unique view of the transformation of the Arctic from his perch in the sky. He has watched as the Inuit went from nomadic life to a sedentary existence, and as climate change has melted the permafrost. But one thing remains constant: May’s deep love for his wife Louisa. Since his earliest days in the air, his plane has sported the same Inuktitut message for her: "Pengo Pally", which means “I miss you.” The Wings of Johnny May is an airborne documentary that highlights a unique culture through the eyes of an exceptional man.

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Film Credits

screenwriter
Marc Fafard
director
Marc Fafard
narrator
James Hyndman
research
Marc Fafard
photo research
Étienne Hansez
research
Marie-Eve Lalancette
director of photography
Paul-Anthony Mille
archival film research
Étienne Hansez
director of photography
Dominique Delapierre
sound recordist
Pierre Bouchard
Simon Goulet
Steven Ejbick
Normand Lapierre
editor
Alain Baril
featuring
Johnny May
Louisa Berthe-May
Jean Désy
Whit Fraser
Mary Simon
Sara May-Tagoona
William Tagoona
sound editor
Simon De Grandpré
Marc Carrier
sound designer
Jérôme Boiteau
mixer
Jérôme Boiteau
music composer
Camille Delafon
sound engineer
Alban Sautour
director of animation
Nicola Lemay
art director
Didier Loubat
stereoscopy
Zane Kozak
3D animator
Martin Ferland
Jonathan Ng
animation
Dale Hayward
production team
Fiora Lumbroso
Elsa Moley
Grégory Germakian
Sandrine Roux
Anna Medziewski
Jérémy Leroux
Victor Lima
Julie Hedna
Joséphine Fontaine
Pauline Boyer
Sacha Subramaniam

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