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

Year: 2017
Running Time: 120
Country: U.S.
Language: Engish
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Dawson City: Frozen Time

Directed by Bill Morrison

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."

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Venue City Date
National Gallery of Art Washington 1505620800September 17, 2017
Austin Film Society Austin 15050160009/10, 9/13
All Saints Cinema/Tallahassee Film Society Tallahassee 15043248009/2-4, 9/10
Sonoma Film Institute Rohnert Park 15036336008/25, 8/27
Picturehouse Pelham 1503633600August 25 - August 31, 2017
Northwest Film Forum Seattle 1502424000August 11 - August 13, 2017
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 15017328008/3, 8/5
Metro Cinemas Edmonton 1501214400July 28 - August 3, 2017
Bytowne Cinema Ottawa 1501214400July 28 - July 31, 2017
Vancouver International Film Centre Vancouver 1500609600July 21 - July 27, 2017
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus 1500609600July 21 - July 22, 2017
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Toronto 1500609600July 21 - July 27, 2017
Roxie Theater San Francisco 1500004800July 14 - July 20, 2017
International House Philadelphia 1500004800July 14, 2017
Alamo Mason Park Katy 1499832000July 12, 2017
Laemmle Claremont 5 Claremont 1498881600July 1 - July 2, 2017
Parkway Theatre Baltimore 1498795200June 30 - July 6, 2017
Laemmle Playhouse 7 Pasadena 1498276800June 24 - June 25, 2017
Landmark Regent Los Angeles 1498190400June 23 - June 29, 2017
Laemmle Monica 4-plex Los Angeles 1498190400June 23 - June 29, 2017
Los Feliz 3 Los Angeles 1498190400June 23 - June 29, 2017
Real Art Ways Hartford 1498190400June 23 - June 29, 2017
Landmark Nuart Theatre Los Angeles 1497585600June 16 - June 22, 2017
Media Arts Center San Diego / Digital Gym San Diego 1497585600June 16 - June 22, 2017
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1497585600June 16 - June 21, 2017
IFC Center New York 1496980800June 9 - June 29, 2017

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