19:30 FRI 23 NOV
The completed film premiered across Western Canada and in London and played to packed houses. One Canadian newspaper said the film showed “Scenes Never Shown Anywhere Before”. But then the film faded from view. By the mid-1950s, the footage – more than 20 reels in mismatched order – was given to the National Film Archive, what would become the British Film Institute Archive, for safe keeping.
Forgotten for decades, in 2011 the footage made it’s way back to the Hudson’s Bay Film Archives. Filmmaking brothers Kevin and Chris Nikkel worked from production notes to meticulously piece the film back together, with a new soundtrack by Nathan Reimer.