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Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016)

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The history of Dawson City, the gold rush town that had a historical treasure of forgotten silent films buried in permafrost for decades until 1978.

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Bill Morrison

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Bill Morrison
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Kathy Jones-Gates Kathy Jones-Gates ... Herself
Michael Gates Michael Gates ... Himself
Sam Kula Sam Kula ... Himself
Bill O'Farrell Bill O'Farrell ... Himself
Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo ... Himself
Bill Morrison ... Himself
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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 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. Written by the Producers

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The bizarre true history of a lost silent film collection, lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. See more »


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English

Release Date:

6 September 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Dawson City: Czas zatrzymany See more »

Filming Locations:

Dawson, Yukon, Canada

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Opening Weekend USA:

$15,922, 16 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$132,369, 7 December 2017
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Though a completely Canadian story, newsreel segments about the US were included showing crooked sports teams, racial bigotry and union wars, even corrupt politics in the form of New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker (I), a clip that was not found in Dawson City (it's a talkie) but had to be specially brought in. See more »

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Features Bread (1918) See more »

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Outstanding documentary
28 July 2017 | by SusanShopSee all my reviews

Bill Morrison, the director and writer of Dawson City Frozen Time, is my new hero. Through an odd set of circumstances he landed at the National Archives in Canada and learned about the stash of silent films discovered as part of a landfill site in the Yukon. Early films were made on highly flammable celluloid, and in a new industry (the first film was in 1895 in France) creating an archive was definitely not considered. So, discovering over 500 "lost" silent films from the early 1900's was like discovering gold all over again. (A gold rush was how the city of Dawson initially came into being !!) Mr. Morrison has woven together the story of silent film, the Klondike gold rush and the creation of a city. If you have the opportunity to see this film, please do so. I expect it is going to win a few awards !!


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