The Wings of Johnny May

The Wings of Johnny May

                                The Wings of Johnny May
| 1 h 23 min

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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  • screenwriter
    Marc Fafard
  • director
    Marc Fafard
  • narrator
    James Hyndman
  • research
    Marc Fafard
    Marie-Eve Lalancette
  • photo research
    Étienne Hansez
  • archival film research
    Étienne Hansez
  • director of photography
    Paul-Anthony Mille
    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
  • technical director
    Zane Kozak
  • 3D animator
    Martin Ferland
    Jonathan Ng
  • animation
    Dale Hayward
  • digital imaging specialist
    Pierre Plouffe
  • production team
    Fiora Lumbroso
    Elsa Moley
    Grégory Germakian
    Sandrine Roux
    Anna Medziewski
    Jérémy Leroux
    Victor Lima
    Julie Hedna
    Joséphine Fontaine
    Pauline Boyer
    Sacha Subramaniam
  • producer
    Yves Fortin
    Jacques Turgeon
    Monique Simard
    David Kodsi
    Jan Vasak