Saving Brinton: Des Moines Premiere

Des Moines Film Society is proud to co-host the Des Moines premiere of Saving Brinton, a documentary about Iowa film history produced by Iowa filmmakers.


Saving Brinton is the story of Michael Zahs, an eccentric Iowa collector who uncovers five hours of film from the early 1900s that once belonged to Frank Brinton, one of America’s most successful barnstorming moving picture exhibitors.


Produced by Iowa City filmmakers Tommy Haines, John Richard and Andrew Sherburne, the film premiered at the American Film Institute’s prestigious AFI Docs festival in June.


The film will open 7pm Friday, Oct. 13 at the Fleur Cinema and run for a week. The Opening Night event will include a post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers, as well as a reception and the chance to see Brinton’s antique projector setup projecting vintage silent films from a collection including works by Thomas Edison, the Lumière Brothers and Georges Méliès.


Tickets are $9, or $7 for DMFS Members. Tickets are available at the Fleur box office. To get the member rate, just tell them you’re a member. (They’ll have a list.)