Dawson City: Frozen in Time

Dawson City: Frozen in Time

Toronto. An annual feature of this city is its “Hot Docs” festival. At this year’s festival one of the documentaries was called “Dawson City: Frozen in Time“. This film covers the find up in that illustrious Yukon town of many silent movies buried up there in the frozen earth.

My good friend George Dunbar writes, ” Went to Hot Docs Cinema today [July 27th] to see Dawson City: Frozen In Time. It’s the story of the Yukon Gold Rush in the 1890s as well as featuring details of the 1978 discovery of long-lost silent movie film that was buried and preserved in the frozen ground under Dawson City for more than 50 years. The film and story are certainly interesting, but too long at two hours.”

“The old silent, feature films (1910s and 1920s) found beneath Dawson, in many cases, are the only copies of those classics that have ever been located. Some have been restored and are the basis of this feature documentary by Bill Morrison.

“It’s a fantastic tale of photography discovered and restored.

“Trailer here…………. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEbHM8Vsvlo

PHSC member Scott Rickard lived and photographed in a Dawson City studio for many years before moving down to a small town near Toronto. At our September 2015 meeting Scott gave a talk and slide show of his experiences years earlier as he celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Chilkoot Trail by walking with a group of volunteers as its professional photographer, all the way from Skagway Alaska to the gold fields near Dawson City.

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