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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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USA

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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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1.33 : 1
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The film contains rare footage of the 1919 World Series - known for the Black Sox betting scandal. See more »

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Features Washing Gold on 20 Above Hunker, Klondike (1901) See more »

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Remarkable documentary - have patience as all will be revealed
10 June 2018 | by barryjaylevineSee all my reviews

At first, I thought this was an okay film.10 minutes later I thought it was very good. 10 minutes after that, I realized it was excellent. The pace is slow, deliberate, and has more than its share of "Holy cow!" moments. Be patient as there's a huge story that needs to be told and it has a cast of thousands. Using old movie footage (from films both preserved in Hollywood and "found" in Dawson City) and interviews with some of the people "who were there", Bill Morrison has crafted a big story of a small town in a very big world with history playing out all around it.

An extraordinary piece of documentary film-making. Bravo!


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