A-List: ‘Saving Brinton’ explores a forgotten chapter of the silent film era

Setting up in small towns from Minnesota to Texas, the Brintons’ traveling cinema show was for most Midwesterners of the era a first encounter with moving images. Unfortunately, in 1919, seemingly at the height of the traveling show’s popularity, Frank Brinton passed away. When his wife died in 1955, her estate’s executor moved the collection to his basement — where it remained until Mike Zahs learned of its existence in 1981. […]

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Iowa City filmmakers announce dates for Barnstorming Brinton Iowa Tour of ‘Saving Brinton’

Saving Brinton FilmScene — Sept. 29-Oct. 5 Hot on the heels of its June premiere at the AFI Docs Film Festival in Silver Spring, Maryland, the documentary Saving Brinton, from Barn Owl Pictures (a collaboration between Northland Films and Bocce Ball Films) is coming back home to Iowa for a string of showings throughout the […]

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100 years later, new audiences discover legendary outsider

In 1981, then-junior high history teacher Michael Zahs lucked into a treasure trove of relics from a Washington, Iowa basement. He took a chance on what might have been so many boxes of junk, because of their source — they had originally been owned by W. Frank Brinton, a man who had been known locally […]

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