Aug.24Aug.262017

Film

Past Event

Documentary directed by Bill Morrison, with Kathy Jones-Gates, Michael Gates and Sam Kula. Presented as a Montreal premiere

Doors: 7 PM
Screening: 7:30 PM
$11.75$ (seniors and students: $9.50)
Taxes and fees included

Where: Space A (1st floor)

UNITED STATES | ORIGINAL VERSION: ENGLISH | SUBTITLES: NONE

This meditation on cinema’s past from Decasia director Bill Morrison pieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City was settled in 1896 and became the center of the Canadian Gold Rush that brought 100,000 prospectors to the area. It was also the final stop for a distribution chain that sent 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 salvation.

Director: Bill Morrison
Year: 2017
Duration: 120 minutes
Rating: general

Photo credit: Kino Lorber

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