Dawson City: Frozen Time

Bill MorrisonUSA120 minutes2017PGColourB&WEnglish

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Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City was the centre of the Canadian Gold Rush and the final stop for a distribution chain that sent prints and newsreels to the Yukon. 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. In Dawson City: Frozen Time, director Bill Morrison (Decasia) draws on these rare, permafrost-protected silent films and newsreels, pairing them with archival footage, interviews, historical photographs, and an evocative score by Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers, to create a poetic meditation on cinema's past.