Dawson City: Frozen Time
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... Read more
Dawson City: Frozen Time
Directed by Bill Morrison
Dawson City: Frozen Time
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.
"Critic's Pick! An instantaneously recognizable masterpiece."
"Wondrous, almost indescribable. A complete astonishment from beginning to end."
"Critic's Pick! An orgy for film geeks and history jonesers."
"Bill Morrison's Dawson City: Frozen Time is the best new movie in town and the best movie of the year thus far."
"A bona fide adventure through history, hopscotching across the turn of the 19th century."
"Astonishing. A testament to the potential of art to weather and endure the ravages of time."
"Morrison’s movies feel like half-remembered reveries formed from memories you can no longer consciously recall. Hovering at the intersection of reappropriation, preservation, history, music, and art, any one of his works will haunt you for the rest of your life. Dawson City: Frozen Time is no exception."
"???? A ghost story like you’ve never seen. Riveting, thoughtful and very emotional."
|National Gallery of Art||Washington||DC||1505620800September 17, 2017|
|Austin Film Society||Austin||TX||15050160009/10, 9/13|
|All Saints Cinema/Tallahassee Film Society||Tallahassee||FL||15043248009/2-4, 9/10|
|Sonoma Film Institute||Rohnert Park||CA||15036336008/25, 8/27|
|Picturehouse||Pelham||NY||1503633600August 25 - August 31, 2017|
|Northwest Film Forum||Seattle||WA||1502424000August 11 - August 13, 2017|
|Cleveland Cinematheque||Cleveland||OH||15017328008/3, 8/5|
|Metro Cinemas||Edmonton||AB||1501214400July 28 - August 3, 2017|
|Bytowne Cinema||Ottawa||ON||1501214400July 28 - July 31, 2017|
|Vancouver International Film Centre||Vancouver||BC||1500609600July 21 - July 27, 2017|
|Wexner Center for the Arts||Columbus||OH||1500609600July 21 - July 22, 2017|
|Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema||Toronto||ON||1500609600July 21 - July 27, 2017|
|Roxie Theater||San Francisco||CA||1500004800July 14 - July 20, 2017|
|International House||Philadelphia||PA||1500004800July 14, 2017|
|Alamo Mason Park||Katy||TX||1499832000July 12, 2017|
|Laemmle Claremont 5||Claremont||CA||1498881600July 1 - July 2, 2017|
|Parkway Theatre||Baltimore||MD||1498795200June 30 - July 6, 2017|
|Laemmle Playhouse 7||Pasadena||CA||1498276800June 24 - June 25, 2017|
|Landmark Regent||Los Angeles||CA||1498190400June 23 - June 29, 2017|
|Laemmle Monica 4-plex||Los Angeles||CA||1498190400June 23 - June 29, 2017|
|Los Feliz 3||Los Angeles||CA||1498190400June 23 - June 29, 2017|
|Real Art Ways||Hartford||CT||1498190400June 23 - June 29, 2017|
|Landmark Nuart Theatre||Los Angeles||CA||1497585600June 16 - June 22, 2017|
|Media Arts Center San Diego / Digital Gym||San Diego||CA||1497585600June 16 - June 22, 2017|
|Gene Siskel Film Center||Chicago||IL||1497585600June 16 - June 21, 2017|
|IFC Center||New York||NY||1496980800June 9 - June 29, 2017|
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