“Wondrous, almost indescribable. A complete astonishment from beginning to end.” —Los Angeles Times
In 1978, a bulldozer struck a treasure trove of film cans buried under an ice rink in Dawson City, Canada, revealing more than 1,000 nitrate reels preserved by dirt and permafrost. Filmmaker Bill Morrison (Decasia) weaves a spellbinding tale using found footage from the once lost collection, including the tragic displacement of indigenous people by the Klondike gold rush, a wide array of world events captured by newsreels, and ghostlike scenes from Hollywood cinema’s earliest era. With an epic and ethereal score by Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers. 2016, US, DCP, 120 minutes.
Both screenings will be introduced by the director. A conversation with Morrison follows Saturday’s screening.