- Bill Morrison
Dawson City, Yukon Territory. The last stop on a long journey for silent films in Canadian distribution. It was cheaper for companies to abandon the nitrate film prints in this remote town than it was to pay for the postage to return them back to the studios. In 1978, a construction crew working its way through a parking lot dug up over 500 reels of discarded films, buried in the permafrost for over 50 years. Pioneering filmmaker Bill Morrison pieces together a haunting chronicle of the transformations in this Yukon Territory Gold Rush town as told through this collection of rare nitrate stock films. Along the way we get rare glimpses of the scandalous 1919 World Series, the hotel/bordello history of Donald Trump’s grandfather, and never-before-seen looks at this Gold Rush boomtown. “Part compelling history, part remarkable aesthetic experience, it’s a complete astonishment from beginning to end.” (LA Times)
Cosponsored with the Wharton Studio Museum.