Saving Brinton

  • 87'
  • USA
  • 2017

In Michael Zahs’ junk shed in Iowa, you can literally stumble over rare silent films. With great passion and patience, he travels around generating interest in this fascinating collection of films, known as the Brinton collection. In this documentary, however, Zahs – an amiable storyteller with a long beard – is the first to downplay his efforts. "I didn’t create anything. Sometimes someone just happens to have a shed." Among the collection, fanatical film restorer Serge Bromberg discovers Georges Méliès’ film about a woman with three heads, long believed lost. He makes sure the restoration goes to the silent film Valhalla Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna.

But the star of the film is Zahs, the man who saved that film from the incinerator. He loves to show the films using a projector set up on a banana box, or on the wall of his shed – whereby the man who so cherished these films, their extraordinary screening and everyday life in remote, rural Iowa are combined in a single stunning image.

Directors
Tommy Haines, Andrew Sherburne
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
87'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Andrew Sherburne
Production Company
Barn Owl Pictures
Sales
Barn Owl Pictures
Screenplay
Andrew Sherburne, Tommy Haines, John Richard
Cinematography
John Richard
Editor
Tommy Haines
Sound Design
Brandon Proctor
Music
Michael Kramer
Cast
Michael Zahs
Website
http://brintonfilm.com/