Alethea is an Inuit filmmaker from the Canadian arctic where she has been producing and directing since 2005. In 2016, Alethea joined forces with fellow Inuk filmmaker, Stacey Aglok MacDonald, to launch their current company, Red Marrow Media.
Alethea directed and produced award-winning APTN mid-length documentary TUNNIIT: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos (ImagineNATIVE 2011 premiere), about the history and importance of traditional Inuit tattoos. Alethea also previously directed and produced the critically acclaimed ANGRY INUK, a feature doc about Inuit coming up with new and provocative ways to deal with international seal hunting controversies. Angry Inuk premiered at Hot Docs 2016, taking home the Audience Choice Award at both Hot Docs and TIFF Canada’s Top Ten, the Social Justice Award at Santa Barbara, and several other international awards. In 2016, Alethea was presented with the Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada, having been nominated for contributions to the arts and the craft of documentary filmmaking. Also in 2016, Alethea was bestowed the “DOC Vanguard Award” by the DOC Institute, for “a keen artistic sensibility and forward-thinking approach to the craft, with the potential to lead the next generation of doc-makers.” Most recently, Alethea was a producer on the award-winning feature film THE GRIZZLIES, which premiered at TIFF in 2018.
Alethea volunteers as the chair of the board for the YWCA Agvik society, which runs a family violence shelter, a women’s homeless shelter and an affordable housing project. She also serves as the president of the board for Inuit TV, a national Inuktut language television broadcaster launching in June 2022. Alethea also has an extensive history of advocacy, policy development and community representation through two decades of volunteering on the boards of various arts and education organizations.