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Saving Brinton

2017, Tommy Haines, John Richard, and Andrew Sherburne, USA, 90 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jul 20th 2:15pm
  • Sat, Jul 21st 5:00pm
  • Mon, Jul 23rd 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jul 25th 8:00pm
Chicago premiere! Filmmakers in person!

"A celebratory documentary…sensitive, humane filmmaking." - Wesley Morris, The New York Times

"Delightful…Anyone who loves movies is bound to love SAVING BRINTON." - Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

A nitrate copy of THE TRIPLE-HEADED LADY, an elaborately hand-tinted short by French cinema pioneer Georges Méliès, thought to be lost, comes astonishingly to light in an Iowa farmhouse, but that is only one part of the remarkable story of heartland film history told in this engaging documentary. Mike Zahs - amiable retired history teacher, part-time farmer, and eccentric fulltime hoarder living in tiny Washington, Iowa - discovers a vast trove of artifacts from the estate of William Franklin Brinton, an entrepreneurial theater owner whose barnstorming shows once introduced his rural audiences to the moving-picture wonders of the dawning twentieth century. Zahs becomes a crusader for preservation of the priceless horde, including film reels, catalogues, posters, handwritten journals, and more, and soon the unassuming teacher is hobnobbing with the elite of the film preservation world in France and the U.S. A portrait of small-town Iowa is integral to this warm-hearted chronicle, which includes a complete viewing of the restored Méliès film. DCP digital. (BS)

Saturday, July 21: Film subject Michael Zahs and filmmakers Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne are scheduled to appear for an audience discussion moderated by Michelle Puetz, Curator of Collections and Public Programs at Chicago Film Archives. This screening is a Movie Club event.

Wednesday, July 25: Filmmaker John Richard is scheduled to appear for audience discussion following the screening.

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