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Smithsonian: Saving Brinton

PostWed Oct 04, 2017 8:53 pm

Thought Lost to History, These Rare, Early Films Survived Thanks to a Crafty Showman and a Savvy Collector
A new documentary focuses on the incredible story of Frank Brinton

By Michael Judge
smithsonian.com
October 4, 2017 8:54AM

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thought-lost-history-these-rare-early-films-survived-thanks-crafty-showman-and-savvy-collector-180965112/
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Re: Smithsonian: Saving Brinton

PostThu Oct 05, 2017 8:18 am

Imagine finding 130 nitrate films at one time or even that many in a lifetime. Great article.
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Re: Smithsonian: Saving Brinton

PostThu Oct 05, 2017 11:20 am

This film is screening in Dallas this weekend. Unfortunately, I am out of town...

https://www.prekindle.com/event/55532-saving-brinton-dallas


SAVING BRINTON
$10.00 +fee
BUY
WHEN
Saturday
7
OCT
Doors
2:45pm
Show
3:00pm
All Ages
WHERE
Studio Movie Grill NW HWY 6
10110 Technology Blvd W
Dallas, TX 75220
WHAT
SAVING BRINTON
SAVING BRINTON
Directors: Tommy Haines & Andrew Sherburne

Frank and Indiana Brinton were entertainment pioneers who put on magic lantern and early motion picture programs in America's heartland in the late 19th century. This wonderful documentary by Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne provides an impressive glimpse of what was then a newfangled spectacle. But as the title suggests, the real subject of this film is the quest, and its quixotic dreamer, the endearing Michael Zahs, who discovered the Brinton collection in a basement and spent 32 years trying to find someone who thought it mattered (disclosure: part of this documentary was shot at the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, part of the Library of Congress, where I work, but I was not involved in the projects depicted in the film.) . Watching this documentary, you wonder why it took him so long to persuade anyone; he'll have you eating out of his hand as soon as you learn that he takes in stray animals on his Iowa farm (this revelation appears about 30 seconds into the movie). As someone who tries to keep readers informed of 35mm film screenings in town, of course I would say this ode to film preservation is a must-see. But that's thanks to Zahs and his remarkable character, gentle but persevering in the face of indifference. Kathryn Fuller-Seeley Professor at UT Austin in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and subject in the film in attendance
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Re: Smithsonian: Saving Brinton

PostSun Oct 08, 2017 1:10 am

I saw it this afternoon. It's excellent! A lot of familiar faces in there too.
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Re: Smithsonian: Saving Brinton

PostThu Nov 02, 2017 9:38 am

Thanks for your interest in the film, fellow celluloid friends.
The film premieres in New York in two weeks at DOC NYC. We'll be bringing a lost Georges Méliés recently premiered at Pordenone to screen after the show. If you're interested here are the details:

DOC NYC
http://www.docnyc.net/film/saving-brinton/
New York, New York
November 13, 5:00pm • Chelsea Cinepolis, New York Premiere
November 14, 10:30am • IFC Center, encore screening
In-person: filmmakers and subject Michael Zahs in attendance

Film website: www.savingbrinton.com
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Re: Smithsonian: Saving Brinton

PostThu Nov 02, 2017 10:18 am

Literally around the corner from my home!

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Re: Smithsonian: Saving Brinton

PostFri Nov 03, 2017 7:49 am

Excellent. Say hello if you can make it!
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Re: Smithsonian: Saving Brinton

PostFri Nov 03, 2017 9:18 am

I just walked around the corner and was told that I cannot purchase tickets in advance there. Apparently the only place to buy them is either online -- which involves creating an account and paying a $2 fee for the privilege of getting a, well, you know, ticket, or going to the IFC at 7th Street & 6th Avenue because Reasons. So I suppose I will pick up a ticket this evening and dine at Villa Mosconi.

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Re: Smithsonian: Saving Brinton

PostFri Nov 03, 2017 10:48 am

boblipton wrote:I just walked around the corner and was told that I cannot purchase tickets in advance there. Apparently the only place to buy them is either online -- which involves creating an account and paying a $2 fee for the privilege of getting a, well, you know, ticket, or going to the IFC at 7th Street & 6th Avenue because Reasons. So I suppose I will pick up a ticket this evening and dine at Villa Mosconi.

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