This meditation on cinema’s past from director Bill Morrison pieces together the bizarre true history of a long-lost collection of 533 nitrate film prints from the early 1900s. 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. A festival favorite that premiered at Venice and went on to screen at the New York Film Festival, Rotterdam, the TCM Classic Film Festival, and many more.
Bill Morrison / USA / 2017 / 120min
Running Time: 120
Director(s): Bill Morrison
Producer(s): Madeleine Molyneaux, Bill Morrison
Cinematographers(s): Bill Morrison
Editor(s): Bill Morrison
Music(s): Alex Somers