Coming to theatres today, Friday, May 18:
Andrew Sherburne and Tommy Haines
AFI Docs 2017
DOC NYC, Rotterdam, Thessaloniki Doc, Jeonju, BAFICI, Big Sky Doc, Hot Springs Doc, RiverRun, Julien Dubuque, Ashland, St Louis, Flyway, Anchorage
A fascinating excavation of early film history and showmanship.
I previously wrote about the film for DOC NYC’s program, saying:
Years ago, local Iowa historian and eccentric collector Michael Zahs chanced upon a cache of early films and cinema memorabilia belonging to Frank Brinton, a showman who brought moving pictures to America’s heartland in the earliest years of the art form. Discovering that the collection includes rare treasures, including a lost Georges Méliès short, Zahs sets out on a mission to restore and preserve not only this work, but the fascinating legacy of Brinton himself.