DAWSON CITY: Frozen Time

USA | 2016 | 120 min | G

This film pieces together the bizarre true history of a collection of some 500 films dating from 1910s – 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory, in Dawson City, located about 350 miles south of the Arctic Circle.


Using these permafrost protected, rare silent films and newsreels, archival footage, interviews and historical photographs to tell the story, and accompanied by an enigmatic score by Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers (Captain Fantastic), Dawson City: Frozen Time depicts a unique history of a Canadian gold rush town by chronicling the life cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery, and salvation – and through that collection, how a First Nation hunting camp was transformed and displaced.


Director: Bill Morrison
Cast: Kathy Jones-Gates, Michael Gates, Sam Kula


A series of documentary screenings and related special events, programmed by Samantha Hodder. Hodder chooses documentaries that reflect the community it serves. She tries to (more…)

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TUESDAY, JULY 25th screening will be introduced by U of T Media Commons Archivist Christina Stewart.


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