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Miami Premiere Engagement! DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME by Bill Morrison

  • 16 Sep 2017
  • 6:50 PM - 8:50 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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SAT, SEPT 16, 6:50p:

Miami Premiere Engagement!


Documentary by Bill Morrison/2017/2hrs.

This meditation on cinema’s past from Decasia director Bill Morrison pieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. Located just south of the Arctic Circle, Dawson City was settled in 1896 and became the center of the Canadian Gold Rush that brought 100,000 prospectors to the area. It was also the final stop for a distribution chain that sent prints and newsreels to the Yukon. The films were seldom, if ever, returned. The now-famous Dawson City Collection was uncovered in 1978 when a bulldozer working its way through a parking lot dug up a horde of film cans. Morrison draws on these permafrost-protected, rare silent films and newsreels, pairing them with archival footage, interviews, historical photographs, and an enigmatic score by Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers. Dawson City: Frozen Time depicts the 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.

"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."y 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

"Four stars! A ghost story like you’ve never seen. Riveting, thoughtful and very emotional."–Jordan Hoffman, AM New York

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