In a farmhouse basement on the Iowa countryside, eccentric collector Mike Zahs makes a remarkable discovery: the showreels of William Franklin Brinton, the man who brought moving pictures 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 Méliès. These are the films that introduced movies to the world.
Mike's journey to restore the Brinton name takes us to The Library of Congress, Paris and back for a big screen extravaganza in the same small-town movie theater where Brinton 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.
Running Time: 87 minutes
Sponsored by: Film Media Round Table, Passion River Films
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA,FMRT
Meeting Type: Now Showing
Cost: Included with full conference registration.