Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 9:26 pm

Andrew Sherburne, a 2001 graduate of Grinnell College, will show his documentary ‘Saving Brinton’ and facilitate a Q&A on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The film follows eccentric collector Mike Zahs as he uncovers the legacy of filmmaker Frank Brinton. Brinton’s movies were the first ever to be shown in Iowa. In the documentary, Zahs brings these films back to Iowa and shows them across the state.

‘Saving Brinton’ is free and open to the public. It will begin at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theater, 921 Main St., Grinnell.

Zahs discovered the showreels of Frank Brinton in a farmhouse basement in the Iowa countryside. Among the collection, Zahs found rare footage of President Theodore Roosevelt, the first moving images from Burma and a lost relic of special effects grandfather Georges Melies. Through the artifacts he uncovered, Zahs discovered the ways Brinton took movies on tour from Texas to Minnesota in the early 20th century.

"For those of us with ties to Iowa, ‘Saving Brinton’ offers yet another reason to be proud of the Hawkeye State … The film is like a series of Russian nesting dolls of heartland spirit … Haines, Richard and Sherburne [reflect] the unassuming perseverance of the Iowans who came before them, and a renewed dedication to sharing stories through the magic of cinema," says Leah Vonderheide, visiting assistant professor in the department of cinematic arts at the University of Iowa.

After the screening, director Sherburne and Zahs will conduct a Q&A session.

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Bearded man inspects film reel outside on a farm


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