Join the Coralville Public Library Foundation for "Saving Brinton", a documentary about a small-town Iowa collector
who discovers the show reels of the man who brought moving pictures to the Heartland. "Saving Brinton" will be held at the
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 17, at 7:00 pm. $8 suggested donation for admission.
Proceeds benefit the
Coralville Library Foundation. As a special treat, after the screening Zahs will narrate some silent films from the Brinton Collection followed by a question and answer session with Zahs and the film makers.
In a farmhouse basement on the Iowa countryside, eccentric collector Mike Zahs makes a remarkable discovery: the showreels
of 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 Méliés. These are the films that
introduced movies to the world. And they didn’t end up in Iowa by accident. The old nitrate reels are just some of the artifacts
that belonged to 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 to restore the Brinton name that takes us to The Library of Congress, Paris and back for a big
screen extravaganza 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.
For more Brinton magic join us at the Library Sunday, March 18, at 2:00 pm for The Brinton Collection, where Mike Zahs will
share a sampling of films and images from the now famous collection.