As part of Reel Heritage, a TIFF initiative devoted to exploring and promoting the importance of film preservation, director Bill Morrison joins us to present his new film — which chronicles the discovery and preservation of 500 nitrate silent films that were found buried in Dawson City, Yukon — and to discuss his work with Library and Archives Canada to digitize this extraordinary treasure trove of footage.
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Bill Morrison is a New York–based filmmaker and artist. His films often combine rare archival material set to contemporary music, and include The Great Flood (13) and Dawson City: Frozen Time (16). His first feature film, Decasia (02), was selected to the U.S. Library of Congress’ 2013 National Film Registry. Morrison is a Guggenheim Fellow and has received a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2014 the Museum of Modern Art mounted a mid-career retrospective of his work.
Paul Gordon is a Senior Film Conservator for Library and Archives Canada. He is an independent film producer, film projectionist, and graduate of Ryerson's film program. Gordon was also involved in the founding of Western Arctic Moving Pictures, a video/film co-op based in Yellowknife. He promotes film preservation wherever he can and is a programmer for The Lost Dominion Screening Collection, which focuses on showing Canadian archival films on film.