All those years of cinematic schoolin', and the cinetrix never once heard about Varick Frissell. You neither? Well, it turns out our boy Varick was an early film pioneer who met with an untimely demise in the Canadian North Atlantic.
After making two Robert Flaherty-esque documentaries in Newfoundland in the late 1920s, Frissell secured funding from Paramount to shoot a sound feature, The Viking, about the region's seal hunters. En route to film the final scenes, a shipboard explosion killed Frissell and 26 others. Available on DVD from Milestone in December, Newfie native Victoria King's documentary, White Thunder, tells his story.