SAVING BRINTON Digital, Blu-ray, & DVD Release: Must-see film on America’s greatest barnstorming movie man

A JOURNEY TO DISCOVER AMERICA’S CINEMATIC TREASURES – THE FIRST SHOWREELS THAT INTRODUCED SMALL TOWN AMERICA TO THE MOVIES

SAVING BRINTON IS NOW AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS AND ON BLU-RAY & DVD

When an eccentric collector discovers the showreels of the man who brought the moving picture to the Heartland, he begins a journey to restore the legacy of America’s greatest barnstorming movie man and save these irreplaceable cinematic treasures – including lost films from pioneering French director Georges Méliès – from turning to dust.

“A CINEPHILE’S DELIGHT.”
“Anyone who loves movies is bound to love Mike Zahs, the genial Iowan at the center of this documentary…And anyone who loves movies is bound to love Saving Brinton.”

“REVELATORY.” 
– The Washington Post

“A HEART-WARMING TALE.” 
– The Guardian

“ENCHANTING.” 
– Smithsonian Magazine

A film by Tommy Haines, John Richard, Andrew Sherburne

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/savingbrinton/217176850?autoplay=1

Movie: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/savingbrinton

Synopsis: In a farmhouse basement on the Iowa countryside, eccentric collector Mike Zahs makes a remarkable discovery: the showreels of the man who brought the moving picture to America’s Heartland. Among the treasures: rare footage of President Teddy Roosevelt, the first moving images from Burma, a lost relic from magical effects godfather Georges Méliés. These are the films that introduced movies to the world. And they didn’t end up in Iowa by accident.

Amid the old nitrate reels are the artifacts of William Franklin Brinton. From thousands of trinkets, handwritten journals, receipts, posters and catalogs emerges the story of an inventive farmboy who became America’s greatest barnstorming movieman.

As Mike uncovers this hidden legacy, he begins a journey restore the Brinton name and return the films to big screen glory in the same small-town movie theater where Frank first turned on a projector over a century ago.

By uniting community through a pride in their living history Mike embodies a welcome antidote to the breakneck pace of our disposable society. “Saving Brinton” is a portrait of this unlikely Midwestern folk hero, at once a meditation on living simply and a celebration of dreaming big.

Credits

A film by Tommy Haines, John Richard, Andrew Sherburne
Directed by Tommy Haines, Andrew Sherburne
Produced by Andrew Sherburne
Cinematography by John Richard
Edited by Tommy Haines, John Richard
Original Score by Michael Kramer

Filmmaker Statement

Flyover country. That simple phrase which so casually dismisses the people and culture of middle America. Sure, there are pigs, and corn—lots of it!—but our Midwestern modesty belies a rich history and a vibrant present. And it may then come as a surprise that the world’s oldest operating movie theater, and the showreels that first lit that silver screen, reside in Washington, Iowa. This amazing history, and Mike Zahs, the man who will not let it be forgotten, are the story ofSaving BrintonSaving Brinton is a patient portrait of a man, a community and a history seldom celebrated on the big screen. As Midwestern filmmakers, we’re excited to show what’s buried beneath that blanket of corn seen from a passing plane. The Heartland is alive and Mike Zahs is its champion.

World Premiere – AFI Docs
An Audience Favorite

New York Festival Premiere – DOC NYC

International Premiere – Rotterdam International Film Festival
An Audience Favorite

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