3. Dawson City: Frozen Time
Released: June 9
Director: Bill Morrison (Decasia)
Why it’s great: An epic presentation of history, film history, and film as history all in one, this documentary explores the beginnings of cinema up to the advent of sound, while also chronicling in great detail the rise of Dawson City as a hub of the Yukon gold rush. The main event of the whole thing, though, is the remarkable tale of hundreds of rare silent films, most thought lost for half a century, found in an accidental archaeological site there. Many of those films and others, both fiction and nonfiction, are used as archival material in illustrating the history lesson, and it’s absolutely enchanting. If you care about film at all, you have to see this miraculous documentary.
Where to see it right now: Stream on FilmStruck; rent on iTunes, Amazon, and Vudu (watch the trailer)