Dawson City: Frozen Time

Dawson City: Frozen Time

Director: Bill Morrison

2016, USA, 120 minutes, DCP


Special Post-Screening Q&As with sound designer, John Somers will take place on these following dates:
Friday, June 30, following 7pm screening
Saturday, July 1, following 7pm screening
Sunday, July 2, following 4:15pm screening
Each Q&A will run 15-20 minutes

Program Notes

Dawson City: Frozen Time, a feature length film by Bill Morrison (U.S.) 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.
Using archival footage to tell the story, and accompanied by an originally composed score by Alex Somers (Captain Fantastic), Dawson City: Frozen Time will depict 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.
Critic’s Pick! An instantaneously recognizable masterpiece.”
– Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
“Wondrous, almost indescribable. A complete astonishment from beginning to end.”
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“Critic’s Pick! An orgy for film geeks and history jonesers.”
– Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
“Bill Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time is the best new movie in town and the best movie of the year thus far.”
– Tony Pipolo, Artforum
“A bona fide adventure through history, hopscotching across the turn of the 19th century.”
– Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment
“Astonishing. A testament to the potential of art to weather and endure the ravages of time.”
– Kenji Fujishima, Paste Magazine
“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.”
– Dan Schindel, Hyperallergic
“???? A ghost story like you’ve never seen. Riveting, thoughtful and very emotional.”
– Jordan Hoffman, AM New York