Saving Brinton

Saving Brinton

Saving Brinton (2018)

History teacher and collector, Mike Zahs, uncovers a rare collection of films owned by one of America’s first motion picture impresarios, William Franklin Brinton. Among the treasures: rare footage of President Teddy Roosevelt, the first moving images from Burma, and a lost relic from magical effects godfather Georges Méliés. Fascinated by projection and the illusion of motion, Brinton brought the moving pictures to America’s Heartland.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, The Brinton Entertainment Co. of Washington, Iowa, would travel throughout the Midwest bringing films, magic lantern slides, and other forms of entertainment to populations who, in many cases, had never before seen such sights.

Zahs sets out on a journey to restore and present the showreels to today’s audiences – taking him to The Library of Congress, Paris, and back for a big screen extravaganza in the same small-town movie theater where Brinton first showed his movies. In this portrait of an unlikely Midwestern folk hero, SAVING BRINTON offers a meditation on the legacy of illusionist Frank Brinton, as well as the magic of living history.“- WORLD Channel


Film Facts
Sub-Genres:History, Biography, Art
Run Time:1 Hour 30 Mins
How to Watch
Free:Hoopla, Kanopy
Buy/Rent:Vudu, Apple, YouTube, Google, Amazon
Photo credits (C) Saving Brington All Rights Reserved

The District’s Quick Hits

Awards:Best Documentary Audience Award Winner, Best Documentary Feature Nominee, Best Documentary Jury Prize Nominee (Anchorage International Film Festival), Best Documentary Feature Nominee (Edinburgh International Film Festival), Editing – Long-Form Award of Excellence Winner, Award of Achievement, Documentary, Original Music Score Award of Achievement Nominee (Iowa Motion Picture Awards (IMPA))
Rotten Tomatoes Score ™:93% (Tomatometer), 78% (Audience)
Director:Tommy Haines, Andrew Sherburne
Cast: Michael Zahs, Serge Bromberg, Greg Prickman
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S. Murphy
S. Murphy

S. Murphy is the lead contributor at The Documentary District. His favorite documentary topics are: the Disney Parks, businesses, and all things 1990s pop culture.

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