Documentary explores the discovery of rare film in ‘Saving Brinton’

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Cinema Capitol, 230 W. Dominick St., will present the documentary “Saving Brinton” from Thursday, Aug. 9 to Thursday, Aug. 16. 

“Saving Brinton” follows eccentric Iowan collector Mike Zahs who, in his country farmhouse, made a remarkable discovery: the showreels of the man who brought moving pictures to America’s Heartland. Among the treasures: rare footage of President Teddy Roosevelt, the first moving images from Burma, and a lost relic from magical effects godfather Georges Méliés. These are the films that introduced movies to the world, and they didn’t end up in Iowa by accident. The old nitrate reels are just some of the artifacts that belonged to William Franklin Brinton. From thousands of trinkets, handwritten journals, receipts, posters, and catalogs emerges the story of an inventive farmboy who became America’s greatest barnstorming movieman. 

“Saving Brinton” runs 87 minutes and is not rated. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students and military, and $5 for Capitol Friends. Tickets are available at the door and in advance from the Capitol Theatre box office (315-337-6453) and online at www.romecapitol.com. “Saving Brinton” will be shown each day from Thursday, Aug. 9-Thursday, Aug. 16. Show times are Thursday at 4:15 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 4:15 and 7:15, Sunday at 1:15 and 4:15, Monday at 10:30 and 7:15, and Tuesday-Thursday at 7:15. There will be no captioned show times for this movie.

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