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Kevin Nikkel PhotoIn 1919, a film crew set out on an epic journey across Canada’s North. Over the course of six months, their expedition traveled by icebreaker, canoe, and dog sled, capturing the Canadian fur trade in a silent feature documentary. The Romance of the Far Fur Country was released in 1920, two years before the legendary film Nanook of the North.

Rediscovering the documentary in a British archive, filmmaker Kevin Nikkel began a journey to resurrect the lost film, taking it to the communities where the film was originally shot. The result is the award winning feature documentary On the Trail of the Far Fur Country.

The film captures the descendants of the First Nations communities depicted in the 1919 footage watching the archival footage as they recognize faces, landscapes and lost traditions.

Ottawa Indie Fest recently spoke to Kevin Nikkel about the making of his film which screens at the ByTowne Cinema on May 24 at 6:25pm as part of the Lost Dominion Screening Collective’s series of film screenings.

How did you get involved in the making of this film?

As a filmmaker based in Winnipeg, I’ve done a series of documentaries for a local broadcaster on local history topics. I wanted to expand my scope to something national, and figured that approaching the topic of the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) was a good place to start.

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15. April 2015 · Comments Off on Five Questions With Lost Dominion’s Paul Gordon · Categories: Feature Films, Five Questions with..., Ottawa · Tags: , , , , , ,
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Paul Gordon

Photo of Paul Gordon by Dale Gervis

Skip Tracer is a film with a great mix of hard boiled noir, dunked with social commentary, mixed with a tax shelter vibe”, Paul Gordon, Lost Dominion Screenings Collective Programmer tells Ottawa Indie Fest when we recently caught up with him.

Set on the mean streets of Vancouver in the late 1970s, Skip Tracer is a free-wheeling private detective story with the twist that the detective is a loan agency’s debt collector hunting down ‘skips’ who have stopped repaying their loans.

Prior to the film’s screening at the ByTowne Cinema on April 21st, Paul tells us what he personally likes about the film and about the newly minted digital version of the film.

Why did you decide to screen Skip Tracer as part of Lost Dominion’s on-going series of film screenings?

Skip Tracer is a personal favorite that we discovered back around 2006 from the great website www.canuxploitation.com (Your Complete Guide to Canadian B-Film). In 2010, we played a 16mm print of the film during our first Canadian Cult Revue season at the Mayfair Theatre. Back then we were doing double bills and the film played after John Paizs’s Crime Wave. Five years later we figured it was time to bring it back.

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