Optimism
2018, 14:43min, Super 8 to digital

Draw down the sun. Dig up the gold.

Synopsis
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.

CREDITS
Director, Producer, Screenplay, Camera, Edit, Sound Design: Deborah Stratman
Sound Recording: Steve Badgett, Deborah Stratman
Disc Sculpture: Steve Badgett, Deborah Stratman
Music: Charlie Chaplin

FEATURING
John Steins
Eldo Enns
Steve Badgett
Charles Stankievech
Simon Mason-Wood
Lance Blomgren

PREMIERES
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)

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




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