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Saving Brinton
Sequoia 1 Sun, May 6, 2018 1:00 PM
Michael Zahs, an eccentric collector and the self-appointed local historian of a small town in Iowa, leads a quiet, meditative life. But one day he stumbles upon something that will end up consuming him for more than 32 years. In a farmhouse basement he discovers a cache of old dusty film reels and various other movie memorabilia. Within this treasure trove is fascinating rare footage of Teddy Roosevelt, some of the first known moving images from Asia, and, most remarkably, a collection of magical films from cinematic pioneer Georges Méliès. As he digs deeper, he soon begins to uncover the legacy of William Brinton, the driven midwest entrepreneur who brought the first moving pictures to America’s heartland in the late 1800s. In this heartwarming film, Zahs encounters many surprises in his journey to share this historical discovery and makes it his mission to restore Brinton’s name in cinematic history. IN PERSON: Filmmaker John Richard, Film Subject Michael Zahs Preceded by DEAR ERI
Film Info
Running Time:9 min.
Director:Bryan Wetzel


A lark quickly becomes an obsession for an eccentric collector of personal letters received from stars of Hollywood’s Golden Era.

IN PERSON: Director Bryan Wetzel

Additional Information

Directing partners Ben Starkman and Bryan Wetzel met in 2002 in New York City. The pair frequently collaborates on various advertising projects, but their true passion is telling heartfelt human stories through documentary filmmaking.