Dawson City: Frozen Time
Dawson City, located roughly 350 miles south of the Arctic Circle, is situated at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers, and rests on a bed of permafrost. It was the center of the Klondike Gold Rush that brought 100,000 prospectors to the area. It was also the final stop in a distribution chain that sent prints and newsreels to the Yukon. Bill Morrison pieces together the bizarre true history of the 1910-20s films, which were discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. Using these rare silent films, archival footage, interviews, historical photographs, and an enigmatic score, the film depicts a unique history of a Canadian gold rush town and chronicles the life cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery, and salvation.