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Kino Lorber | Release Date: June 9, 2017
Summary: 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. [Kino Lorber]
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Runtime: 120 min
Rating: Not Rated
Official Site: https://www.kinolorber.com/film/dawsoncity
Production: Hypnotic Pictures
Genres: History, Documentary
Countries: USA, US
Language: English
Director Credit
Bill Morrison Director
Writer Credit
Bill Morrison Writer
Principal Cast Credit
Bill Morrison Himself
Bill O'Farrell Himself
Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo Himself
Kathy Jones-Gates Herself
Michael Gates Himself
Sam Kula Himself
Cast Credit
Bill Morrison Himself
Bill O'Farrell Himself
Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo Himself
Kathy Jones-Gates Herself
Michael Gates Himself
Sam Kula Himself
Producer Credit
Bill Morrison Producer
Madeleine Molyneaux Producer
Paul Gordon Associate Producer