Dawson City: Frozen Time

Friday, August 4 | 5:30 pm

Saturday, August 5 | 5:30 pm

Sunday, August 6 | 2 pm


In 1978, a bulldozer unearthed more than five hundred nitrate film prints buried for decades in the Dawson City ground. Protected from complete disintegration by the Canadian permafrost, many of the films discovered—though damaged by moisture—were works that had been thought to be lost to history, a fate shared by the vast majority of all silent cinema. Experimental filmmaker and documentarian Bill Morrison (Decasia) combines fragments from these rediscovered pictures with archival newsreel, feature film, and home movie footage to tell the incredible story of the Klondike Gold Rush and the Yukon Territory boomtown that survived it—narratives that correspond compellingly with the creation of the new art form. Dawson City: Frozen Time unearths a wealth of fascinating historical detail, from the original source of the current American President’s family wealth to documentary footage of the notorious Chicago Black Sox of 1919. For the New York Times’ Glenn Kenny, Morrison’s latest evocation of a physically dying art is an “instantaneously recognizable masterpiece.”


Director Bill Morrison | 2016 | In English and silent with English subtitles | 120 minutes | NR | DCP

 

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