Directed by Bill Morrison
“It’s an orgy for film geeks and history jonesers, to be sure.” —Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
This meditation on cinema’s past from director Bill Morrison (Decasia) pieces together the bizarre history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City, a former Gold Rush boom town was also the final stop for a distribution chain that sent film prints and newsreels to the Yukon. The films were seldom, if ever, returned. The now-famous Dawson City Collection was uncovered in 1978 when a bulldozer working its way through a parking lot dug up a horde of film cans.
Morrison draws on these permafrost-protected, rare silent films and newsreels, pairing them with archival footage, interviews, historical photographs, and an enigmatic score by Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers. Dawson City: Frozen Time depicts the unique history of this Canadian Gold Rush town by chronicling the life cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery, and rebirth. 2017, U.S., DCP, 120 minutes. Recommended for all ages.
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