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 he finds rare footage of President Teddy Roosevelt, the first moving images from Burma, and a lost relic from silent film magician 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. Saving Brinton is a portrait of this unlikely Midwestern folk hero, at once a meditation on living simply and a celebration of dreaming big.

Director John Richard and the film’s subject Mike Zahs to be in attendance for screenings!

Film generously sponsored by John C. Larson