Discover the bizarre history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. The now-famous Dawson City Collection was unearthed in a sub-arctic swimming pool in 1978, when a bulldozer digging up a parking lot uncovered a treasure trove 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.
Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City was settled in 1896 and became the centre 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 Canada’s most western territory.
The films were seldom, if ever, returned. 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.
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