Saving Brinton (Art Theater Anniversary Special Event)

NR, 90 minutes


The Art Theater celebrates its 105th Anniversary with a special presentation of the documentary SAVING BRINTON. Michael Zahs (the historian and collector who is the focus of the film) and Tommy Haines (co-director and editor) will joins us in person for a post-show discussion. 


When eccentric Iowa collector Michael Zahs discovers the showreels of the man who brought moving pictures to the Heartland, he begins a journey to restore the legacy of America’s greatest barnstorming movieman and save these irreplaceable cinematic treasures from turning to dust.

Join Michael Zahs and the filmmakers as part of their Barnstorming Brinton Iowa Tour. Following the film, Zahs and the film team will answer questions from the audience and treat moviegoers to a special added engagement of some of the restored gems from the Brinton Collection — films from Thomas Edison, the Lumière brothers, Pathé and a lost treasure from George Méliés. (2017, Tommy Haines & Andrew Sherburne, NR, 90 min, USA, English, DCP)


“This is a gentle, revelatory homage not only to film as a constantly evolving art form – the hand-colored images from the turn of the century are breathtaking – but also as a fulcrum for community.” — Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

“Zealots are plentiful in the film history world, but ones as amiable as Zahs are as rare as the movies he doggedly preserved.” — Kenneth Turan, The LA Times

“In the end, Zahs’ efforts and Saving Brinton aren’t really about the past. They’re about the future, and what things we will decide are worth preserving for future generations to enjoy and learn from.” — Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)



The Art Theater’s Special Event screening of Saving Brinton is made possible thanks to support from:


and Art Theater Annual Member Jason Owen Greenly

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