Architecture Film Festival London 2021


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The 1978 discovery of 533 reels of nitrate film beneath the permafrost of a decommissioned swimming pool, later known as the Dawson Film Find, serves to frame a narrative of the Canadian gold rush, the dawn of 20th century America, and Hollywood in the silent era.

Contents of the unearthed reels help portray the story of Dawson City: how native lands of the Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin became a frontier, a boomtown, and an entertainment hub, before industrial monopolies and poverty of resources ensued. The 1957 documentary City of Gold captured Dawson in the shadow of its former glory.

The film utilizes a number of silent film techniques, consistent with the subject matter, including intertitles in place of voice-over narration, as well as archival sound and a prominent musical score. Brief interviews with those who saved the reels have a more contemporary documentary style.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    120 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Bill Morrison
  • Screenwriter
    Bill Morrison
  • Producer
    Bill Morrison, Madeleine Molyneaux
  • Cinematographer
    Bob Curtis-Johnson
  • Editor
    Bill Morrison
  • Animator
    Galen Johnson
  • Sound Design
    John Somers
  • Music
    Alex Somers