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March 17, 2018
7:00 PM
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
1301 5th Street
Coralville, IA 52241
Suggested donation: $8

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Saving Brinton

Saturday, March 17

A film screening presented by the Coralville Public Library Foundation

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. $8 suggested donation for admission.  Proceeds benefit the Coralville Library FoundationAs 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.