Dawson City: Frozen Time 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 subarctic 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 the film depicts a 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 – and through that collection, how a First Nation hunting camp was transformed and displaced. (120 minutes)
This program is presented in partnership with Arts Letters & Numbers. ALN founder, David Gersten, will moderate a Q&A with the film’s Director, Bill Morrison, after the screening. The film and discussion will be followed by a reception in the gallery.