The urge to relieve a winter valley of permanent shadow and find fortune in alluvial gravel are part of a long history of desire and extraction in the far Canadian north. Cancan dancers, curlers, ore smelters, former city officials and a curious cliff-side mirrored disc congregate to form a town portrait. Shot in location in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.
Director, Producer, Screenplay, Camera, Edit, Sound Design: Deborah Stratman
Sound Recording: Steve Badgett, Deborah Stratman
Disc Sculpture: Steve Badgett, Deborah Stratman
Music: Charlie Chaplin
Berlinale, Germany – February 2018 (International)
Punto de Vista, Pamploma – March 2018 (Spanish)
Art of the Real, NY, NY – April 2018 (US)
Cinéma du reel, Paris – April 2018 (French)
Best Short Film: Punto de Vista Int’l Documentary Film Festival, Pamplona, Spain
Jury Special Mention: Kinodot Experimental Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia
REVIEWS - Click on the link for the full review.
"...a phantasmagoric evocation of Dawson as a rags-to-riches, Gold Rush–to–bust kind of town." - Ela Bittencourt, The Village Voice, 2018
"...it’s also the kind of film that’s about things other than what it seems to be about." - Michael Pattison, RogerEbert.com, 2018
"This form evokes a sort of secret code whose intensity I like because it seems to me that the "value" and the way in which it is assigned to certain things is essentially elusive." - Natasha Nedelkova, Cinema du réel blog, 2018